Our ManifestoMar 21, 2021 2021-04-16 8:52
We are guerillateachers.
We are independent and individual, seeking to achieve effective and meaningful teaching and learning. We are not defined by our approaches to learning, we are freed from the incumbent paradigms and rhetoric of the past. The virtual world is our classroom, unfettered and without walls. We are disrupters ; no uniforms or bells subdue us, learning is it’s own reward, self discipline and self knowledge our path. We apply the logic of the digital age to the classroom. That logic is inexorable: Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems are more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are crucial to the future of our economies.
We are inspired by the ideas and principles of educators from Socrates to Loris Malaguzzi, from Maria Montessori to Sir Ken Robinson. We claim no special knowledge but practice what educators have long intuited and which growing bodies of research now support: Letting children pursue their own interests sharpens their hunger for knowledge. We will make children apprentices in their learning, active constructors of learning not just targets for instruction. We will let them learn.
The dominant model of education is broken. It has outlived the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else. Once the top three skills required by employers were the “three Rs”: reading, writing, and arithmetic. Now the top three skills in demand are teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. What will we need in the future? We need schools that are developing the skills of life-long learning and character, not something you can google.
We believe that students are NOT material to be processed, programmed, and quality-tested, grouped by their production/birth date, labelled, medicated and force-fed facts that will be redundant by the time they are spat out the other end of the factory-line of education.
Knowledge is not a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Guerillateachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. We are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of entrepreneurs and geniuses in the process.