Most children in the UK still experience an industrial-revolution-inspired factory model of education focused almost exclusively on academic test results. This isn't a problem hidden in plain sight. Ken Robinson's 2006 TED Talk, "Do Schools Kill Creativity", has been viewed more than 38 million times and yet, ten years on, children and parents - along with many teachers - feel trapped in an education time warp which ignores what we know in favour of what we choose to measure.
The EBacc is just the latest manifestation of a Government sponsored campaign against creativity. So why do we accept and excuse an education system that focuses on homogenity and narrow targets? A system that sidelines creativity, ignores childrens' extraordinary capacity for innovation and squanders their talents as a matter of routine? Why, as parents, as educators - as people - are we resistant to the idea that we could have a more human education system; that we could do this in a way which honours the spirit of our species - without our world falling apart?
Come and explore with us what might happen if education was reimagined for human creativity. Bringing together progressive educationalists, students, parents and citizens to co-create the provocative inquiry we need right now, we will be asking disruptive questions about the purpose of education. We'll be reflecting on the Dartington experiment's original pioneering spirit - its role in the development of the progressive education movement in its early years; the connection with Tagore - and asking where creativity is front and centre within the existing system. Together we'll consider what might happen if students and parents - together with progressive and mainstream schools and colleges - collaborated locally, nationally and internationally to collectively build capacity to reimagine and practise education for human creativity.
Chaired by Jon Rae (Schumacher College, Dartington), this event features keynote speaker, Georgina Chatfield (RSA Academies) , followed by a moderated panel discussion and Q&A with Amy O'Toole (student), Dave Strudwick (PSCA), Amy Bere (Dartington - Arts), Andrew Brewerton (PCA) and Amy Seefeldt (Woodstock School / Schumacher College).
Organised by Narrow Escapes from Conformity, this event is in association with the Dartington Hall Trust and Schumacher College.