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THE LONG VIEW

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Which of our dearly held assumptions 
about learning and teaching are already
redundant, as the world changes faster 
than we can give up our ‘intellectual corners’?
All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.’

Leonardo da Vinci
‘Chance favours the prepared mind’

Louis Pasteur
‘Originality is nothing but judicious imitation’

Voltaire

Crystal balls? No. But in their absence, we believe that trying to make sense of the likely future which awaits our children is entirely defensible, and indeed our duty.

 

The ability to see a pattern is a key skill which will enable them to adapt to changing workplace practices, as they ‘morph’ into people who fit into whatever their particular circumstanes might be.  Our patchwork of events and actions will not be theirs.  

The pattern on the patchwork quilt of life is changing fast.

 

What should we do today, to gauge what might be tomorrow’s survival skills in the workplace and in personal life ?  

 

 

For our children we wish a set of perceptions which will allow their knowledge and skills to grow. How do we sharpen perceptions ? By linking information with the patterns in which they might belong, both intellectual patterns, ideas, and sensory mosaics.
 
How should we prepare their minds ? By seeking to open them to the possibility of new things - and increasng their capacity to make and accept joyful experiences and creative associations.

How should we encourage them to be original and creative ?  By teaching them how to discriminate between what is important and useful (perhaps to consider imitating, after their own fashion) and what is destructive or limiting and therefore to avoid.

Phonics vs Language is a futile tussle as the key is active comprehension of texts and the ability to assign meaning and importance to them.

An important aspect of comprehension is : fitting the text into a mosaic of ‘prior knowledge’ about the world- this is true of reading comprehension, and indeed the rest of life.

 

The other important thing we do when we read anything is relate it to our own personal experience base.  

 

Pyr takes the view that creating a networked store of ‘prior knowledge’ through telling stories about the lives of scientists, writers, artists and industrialists, illuminated with music, is an important contribution to make to children’s education.  

 

We try to extend the personal experience base of the children we encounter by bringing to their learning the joy of live music, and the excitement of dramatising what they have learned

 

We do this with passion - taking from Albert Einstein his famous exhortation - ‘Creativity is contagious - pass it on’.

How did we come to these views ?
More information, if you have read thus far ... HERE
A response to recent changes