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Enlightened Education

Members' contributions for collective statement • May 2005

Member Title
Denis Solomon A Humanist input in areas where that is lacking
But education is a VERY difficult subject, on which no one can honestly make confident statements without a lifetime of study, and even then opinions differ widely.  We must avoid at all costs seeming to pontificate, or re-inventing the wheel, or recommending what the Ministry of Education is already doing, or claiming to do. Being humanists doesn’t make us experts in education. • See Contribution
Veronica Collens Abolish the SEA - Get rid of the competition and elitism
Upgrade vocational training for teachers so they are empowered to deal with the problems that children come to school with and assist disruptive students towards becoming co-operative. Teachers often, and understandably, resort to verbal and physical abuse out of frustration. We have to look out for students who are perceived to be slow learners simply because they do not have access to subjects that they could do well in. • See Contribution
Philip Fortune Philosophy for children's linguistic, logical and cognitive competence
These classroom deliberations evoke thinking that is skillful and deliberate, thinking that employs relevant criteria, is self-correcting, and is sensitive to context. It is not just any kind of thinking: it is critical thinking. The classroom dialogue is something students find irresistible: they can't help joining in, contributing their own reflections to the discussion. In this way, cognitive skillfulness is acquired naturally and in context, rather than in isolated drills. • See Contribution
Shane Collens The right to information free of politics and religion
Recognition must be given to young people for their ability to know their vocation at the end of primary school education and respect for their right to choose. A network of specialised secondary schools, distributed evenly in the community, instead of a the same type of school will serve to realise the purpose of "going to school" - to engage in the pursuit and enjoyment of knowledge with the focus they have chosen - a reason both students and teachers badly need for their effort • See Contribution
Leonard Bernstein If the money was put into paying teachers adequately then people would go into teaching rather than into law
Bush's " no child left behind act" is mostly a failure and is seen by many here as a deliberate effort by the Bushies to destroy our public education system in order to put it into private and religious hands via vouchers for charter and religious schools. • See Contribution
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