Going to school should be about much more than getting into a university. It should be the way to access a multitude of pathways for your future… university is just one of them.
School should be a place in which you can explore what motivates you, what makes you curious, what puts you into a “state of flow” and what makes you genuinely want to learn.
It should be a place for self-exploration and self-determination. It should be a place where talents are revealed and nurtured.
It should be a place where students develop their understanding of what it means to be happy, not what it means to be stressed.
School should be the place – well, one of them – where you learn to be a good person who does no harm.
It would be a very bold move for schools to redefine their mission, and be very clear about what has changed. Imagine a school that proudly proclaimed to the community that it wasn’t all about academic results and university entrance… that those were not acceptable measures of success for their school.
Imagine a school that had no hierarchy of pathways, but placed equal value and energy into a variety of ways for students to “graduate”.
Imagine a school where you didn’t have to wait to fail before you could figure out what you really want to do.
That’s the school I want my kids to go to.