It’s another of those ideas in education that drives people into their camps…
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It’s another of those ideas in education that drives people into their camps.
For some, compliance or systems that generate compliant children are an outrage; children suppressed, their natural creativity crushed, their rights and freedoms denied, victims of authoritarian power structures that have no place in the modern world.
For others, compliance is a necessary pre-requisite for creating a disciplined working environment in which children can learn and anyone who questions that is a woolly prog, culpable for a decline in educational standards and the erosion of our nation’s moral fibre and backbone.
Over the last few years and months I have engaged with situations in schools – sometimes in the same school – where these two contrasting compliance phenomena appeared:
Too much compliance: students in teaching situations where it felt a bit ‘lights out nobody home’. This can be either…
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