a. The Setting
Education should take place in a setting that is friendly, warm, secure, safe and beautiful. The building and rooms should be cheerful, artistically interesting and full of stimulation. The grounds should be a haven of nature.
b. Education should be fun
c. The Teachers should be warm and caring and devoted to their students.
d. The curriculum should be broad and all encompassing. It should also be fluid.
e. There should be no facts – just opportunities to explore and discover and concepts to understand.
f. There should be all manner of equipment to enable that exploration.
g. Teachers should be facilitators to assist and guide.
h. Lessons should be discussions, investigations, experiments.
I. Creativity should be at the core of everything that happens.
j. The curriculum and syllabi should be flexible to enable children to explore
k. Testing should be diagnostic.
l. Basic skills and knowledge should be assessed and focused on so that no child is left behind.
m. Education should be exciting, mind expanding and full of wonder.
n. Praise and encouragement should be the currency of the classroom.
o. Relationship is the basis of good education.
p. Rewards should be based on effort and never attainment.
q. There should be a ‘can do’ attitude.
r. Teamwork and peer assistance should be encouraged and facilitated.
s. There should be plenty of assistance for all who need help.
t. There should be no such thing as failure.
u. The basis of the ethos should be tolerance, respect, responsibility, friendliness, empathy, caring, equality, fairness and love.
v. All should be encouraged to respect nature and care for the environment, and all creatures who live in it with us, for we are part of the wonder of life.
w. The basis of education is delight in the wonders of an incredible universe.
Of course, we live in a world of examinations, success and failure, careers and the hard reality of life. But I believe that if you focus on doing things right then the examinations, careers and a happy life are a product of the process. And I proved that through my 36 years in education. My school’s results were outstanding.