“If you had a whole month of school time what would you choose to learn about?”

It is often asserted that if we let children and young people ‘just do what they want’ then they’d just play computer games and go shopping. Deputy Head at Matthew Moss, Mark Moorhouse, was keen to prove this wrong. He picked up his phone and set off round the school asking students one simple question: “If you had a whole month of school time what would you choose to learn about?” The answers we see on this film are wide ranging, considered, show a fundamental interest in learning and an engagement with the process of their own lives. An ‘apathetic generation’ this is not!

2 comments for ““If you had a whole month of school time what would you choose to learn about?”

  1. February 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    This is so great! My school has something called “Winterim” where we spend 3 weeks of special classes. Students get to choose whatever courses they want and all of the classes offered are taught by our teachers. The classes range from building underwater robots, to playwriting, to a class on the music of the 1960’s, to creating math inspired stained glass creations. See more at http://www.harpethhall.org/podium/default.aspx?t=151822&rc=0

    I taught a 3 week course on playwriting and it was totally awesome! The students love Winterim and often say afterwards that they wish the whole year was Winterim.

  2. Yossarian
    February 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    What a brilliant example of how Slow Education can be introduced into unyielding schedule and time tabling structures by simply suspending what we normally do. Simple and powerful. And how interesting that such best practice comes from the private fee-paying sector as much as state-funded schools. Highly discerning parents understand the immense value of allowing a decent block of time for young people to immerse themselves in exciting and inspiring off-piste learning.

    Thanks for sharing “Winterim” with us Meg!

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