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When I am asked what I do for a living, since I don't like to say I'm a psychologist or educator, I tend to say I'm a "childologist". I say this in all seriousness, as I think what I've done with my life is try to understand and get to know about childhood. To recapture what it means to be a child, because, as adults, we should already know all about it, given that we were once children ourselves.
Schools teach boring, tedious things. If this is true, schools are going to find it difficult to achieve the results they want, which is to help develop people. And it is not me saying this, but an important person called Bruner, who is a US psychologist who died a few years ago, who said that students must not be allowed to be bored in school. He said this must be avoided at all costs. However, unfortunately it does happen. Bruner talked about pressure. Children spend a lot of time at school. Many hours a day. Many days of the week. Many weeks per month. Many months a year. And many years overall. It's really difficult to live with this pressure all the time. It doesn't achieve anything.
I think schools should stop teaching pupils in classrooms. I am convinced that the classroom is not a natural environment. Often, lots of classrooms within a school look the same. With more or less the same furniture and the same things on the walls. Isn't that a bit strange? Imagine if all the rooms in a house were the same. It would be like a horror movie. Furthermore, everything is taught in these cloned places. Children must learn about mathematics, languages, drawing, music and science using the same table, the same chair and in the same position. Can we not do things differently? We should have workshops rather than classrooms. And each workshop should be for a different subject. Children would have to walk. They would have to leave one place to go to another. They wouldn't have far to walk, but it would be something. They wouldn't always be seated in the same place. Many of the workshops wouldn't even need chairs. I like this idea a lot. The idea of open school. A school would be 'open' in two ways. Firstly, children would leave the school premises to learn about nature and the social world, and secondly, the school would welcome contributions from the outside world.