Finally I have finished my next film FREEDOM TO LEARN whoopeeeeee
Here is the trailer and link to watch the full film.
I will be organising screenings soon and will post updates here!
This film is so inspiring and yet at the same time depressingly mind-blowing. It’s time we wake up…
I have finally begun the finishing processes on my latest film – Freedom to Learn. It is another subject close to my heart, this time looking at education and how a childhood is being taken away from our children increasingly, in this fast paced competitive world.
As a home educator myself, I wanted to try to make a film that gave a more nuanced view of what home education was and why people might choose to take their child’s education into their own hands.
It follows on nicely from Babyhood, as again it is trying to help us to look at the child’s perspective, rather than loosing ourselves in our adult minds and logic.
Here is a link to the trailer, and I will be updating here as to the release dates and where you will be able to see it. I am imagining that community screenings will be the first way to see it, so please get in touch if you would like to host one!
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Late last week, The Washington Post highlighted a bit of a rant titled “What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning,” by author Carol Black.
In essence, Black’s article takes issue with the modern education system’s insistence that every child fit into its timetable of learning. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the area of reading.
When people really want a skill, it goes viral. You couldn’t stop it if you tried.”
According to Black, Americans during the time of the Founding Fathers were regularly reading difficult material, and learned to do so from many sources, only one of which was the education system of the time. “They could read,” she notes, “because, in a literate population, it is really not that difficult to transmit literacy from one person to the next. When people really want a skill, it goes viral. You couldn’t stop it if you tried.”
Black goes on to note that this is the same motivation behind the way the current society has learned to operate computers: “We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us.”
Yet despite seeing this natural learning take place with computer usage, we’re still reluctant to put it to practice in the realm of reading:
“In the modern world, unless you learn to read by age 4, you are no longer free to learn in this way. Now your learning process will be scientifically planned, controlled, monitored and measured by highly trained ‘experts’ operating according to the best available ‘data.’ If your learning style doesn’t fit this year’s theory, you will be humiliated, remediated, scrutinized, stigmatized, tested, and ultimately diagnosed and labelled as having a mild defect in your brain.”
Black’s comments remind me of a concept long promoted by Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Moore. As they explain in their book Better Late than Early, the Moores have “analyzed over 8000 studies of children’s senses, brain, cognition, socialization, etc., and are certain that no replicable evidence exists for rushing children into formal study at home or school before 8 to 10.”
Such a suggestion is shocking, particularly in an age in which we’re trying to get students reading by the time they leave kindergarten. Won’t such a practice damage children and set them on a course of functional illiteracy for life?
Not necessarily. In fact, the Moores have found that giving children time and space to explore and learn to read on their own timetable may actually set them on a path to greater understanding and maturity:
“Read, sing and play with your children from birth. Read to them several times a day, and they will learn to read in their own time – as early as 3 or 4, but usually later, some as late as 14. Late readers are no more likely to be retarded or disabled than early ones. They often become the best readers of all – with undamaged vision and acute hearing, more adult-like reasoning (cognition) levels, mature brain structure[,] less blocking of creative interests.”
If what the Moore’s research says is true, then is it possible that the educational decline America is experiencing is partly due to the push to get students into formal education environments at earlier ages? Would we get better results if we relaxed compulsory education laws and let learning take a more natural course until children reach age 8 or so?
A version of this article was first published by Intellectual Takeout.
Annie is a research associate with Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she writes for the blog, conducts a variety of research for the organization’s websites and social media pages, and assists with development projects. She particularly loves digging into the historical aspects of America’s educational structure.
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I am devastated. I will look up my interview with Camila and publish as she is totally devoted to these vulnerable children, and I am so sad for them and for our society. We will all suffer because of this. Every one of us has a responsibility to look after the innocent children. It is immoral to allow Kids Company to close, especially as we bailed out RSBC for so much more. I feel sick. will this lead to riots?
I woke up this morning to the news that Kids Company, behemoth of the youth sector and the organisation to which I owe my initiation into this shadowy and (once) unfamiliar territory is about to shut its doors imminently. I originally set up this blog as a new Key Worker at KidsCo, eyes open wide with the intensity of the issues, stories and events I was experiencing. Hopeful and enlivened by the incredible people I met and their dedication to those they worked with, my initial intention was to showcase some of these dedicated, zealous mercenaries of youth work for whom I have so much respect. Unfortunately the pressures of the work, emotional energy needed to do it, and my increasing passion for establishing new projects while working there prevented me from making this project happen.
It is with a sad irony that this morning, on hearing that KidsCo is to shut its doors…
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