At an information session for parents, we highlight the ways that school has changed and share a range of examples of learning that is real, relevant, engaging and trans-disciplinary. Learning that matters in the world these children live in, not constrained by subjects, walls or limited imagination.
We explain how the PYP develops our students’ academically, socially and emotionally, focusing on personal values, learner agency and global awareness. The passion and knowledge of the teachers in the room is impressive and the picture that’s painted for the parents is one we imagined would excite and delight them. But these are still some of the things we hear…
I just want my child to learn the basic skills.
What about rote learning? Knowing the periodic table was valuable for me.
At the end of the day, they need to be able to remember stuff for assessments.
With all this broad emphasis, will they learn about specifics?
What about VCE? Will their grades be good enough?
At the end of the evening, a number of parents do come up to say thank you. We have clearly provoked their thinking, even those who are having trouble reimagining school. One mother, whom I happen to have taught about twenty years ago, says quietly ‘I know I need to shift my old-fashioned views of school’. Indeed. School looks nothing like it did when I taught her!