‘Schools Are Killing Curiosity’: Why We Need To Stop Telling Children To Shut Up And Learn

Who asked you? For some that question could be directed at the teacher, and others the children. There is constant debate about approach and policy in school curriculums – not to mention targets and quotas. While some believe in repetition and structure, others want to foster student-led learning. Is there a line between curiosity and…

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Weeding, Writing And Arithmetic… Why Gardening Is Good For Our Children

What’s really interesting about this piece are the links to not only formal learning but social and personal education too. More time outside and thinking about the environment are worthy enough on their own, but gardening also provides crucial developmental insights such as understanding processes, unpredictability and teamwork. From the water vole to the Scottish…

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Colourful Kindergarten In China Inspires Creativity Through Materials And Identity

Making places that inspire isn’t just about beauty and the thrill of the new. It’s also about finding creative ways to increase engagement. Looking at this exploration of a colourful kindergarten in Chongqing, we love the impulse to build “a place that begs to be explored”. It’s full of clever and, crucially, practical solutions all…

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