Топик Free school.
School Rules – O.K.? You mustn’t smoke or wear make-up. You must do your homework on time. You mustn’t fight in the playground. Even if you like school, it seems that someone is always telling you what to do.
This is why a lot of children don’t like school. And now a few teachers believe this is why some kids don’t learn. People learn better and faster when they have more choice in what they learn, and when and how they learn it.
At White Lion Street Free School, people believe that school should teach what children need and want to learn, School should help a child to think for himself or herself. After all, when you leave school, you have to make important decisions – by yourself.
There is no punishment for missing school. But many kids spend more time here than other children spend in ordinary schools. This school is open in the evenings and some weekends. The kids complain, if holidays last longer than two weeks.
There are no compulsory lessons. Each child has one adult who follows his progress through school. Together they decide what he needs to learn next, and the child does this in his in his own time. Sometimes kids work on their own, sometimes with an adult, sometimes in a group.
A lot happens outside school. They believe you can’t learn everything in one building. They visit local factories, markets, shops, fire and police stations. They talk to people about their jobs, visit exhibitions, go roller-skating and horse-riding, make trips to the country or the sea and go camping.
It’s not a very big school – only 50 kids, between the ages of 3 and 17 – or a rich school. There are very few Free Schools in England.
Afternoons are for a great variety of things. Adults “advertise” what they’re doing in their rooms on certain days. The kids choose which group to join. There are no special times when they must start a lesson. Each day there is a list of activities they can choose between.
(from magazine “Mozaika”)
Список слов к топику Free school
punishment – наказание
to complain – жаловаться
compulsory – обязательный
variety – разнообразие
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