Are we stifling creativity and expression in schools by being over protective of children?
Of course there is a duty of care to protect but at what cost to deep learning, imagination and self-expression? Are our rigid regulations the reason why there is such a deep disconnect between school and home?
In wanting to do the best for children, we have forgotten that their first learning environment is the home: kitchen, garage, backyard etc. It is the communal dimension of learning with and from others.
Many schools are beginning to design learning spaces that support and enhance student learning but it is not as pervasive as countries with a strong design research base.
The challenge is how we expose classroom teachers to the research and then how we engage them in the process.