I know there are school all over the world that have created systems of education that are considered revolutionary and experimental.
I saw an article about a 'free school' in Sweden called Vittra described as:
no classes or classrooms – instead, the students are taught in groups according to level based on the school’s pedagogical principles of ’the wateringhole’, ’the show-off’, ’the cave’, ’the campfire’ and ’the laboratory’ – didactic approaches that create different types of learning and teaching situations. In Vittra, they do not believe in regular classes and the school organisation’s vision is to create an everyday for the individual students where individual development, a living cultural work and challenging learning environments are most important.
Here are photos from the Stockholm location:
Here is part of the school's philosophy and mission statement:
Vittra gives every individual the opportunity…
- to find the best approach for themChildren play and learn on the basis of their needs, curiosity and inclination in the best ways possible.
- to learn based on experienceChildren’s learning is based on their experience which increases motivation and inspires creativity.
- to understand their own learningChildren are equipped with the tools to acquire new knowledge and increase understanding of ‘How I learn’, which enables them to learn more easily and effectively in the future.
- to have faith in themselves and their abilitiesChildren become more self-aware, aware of their strengths and potential for development which means they dare and like to be challenged.
- to develop their ability to communicate and engage in respectful interaction with othersChildren understand and are considerate to the needs and interests of others, they can express and stand for their own views as well as take responsibility for their actions.
- to be equipped for study and work in an international environmentChildren develop effective bilingualism in English and Swedish while experiencing and creating international contacts through networks and exchange programmes abroad.
Would you have loved to learn in an environment like this?
Would you send your children to a school like this?