This is interesting. Colonies of that ‘Second British Empire’ seem much more accepting of the British Colonial Education Model than the US is where individuality is more highly prized. We had an Australian educator constantly taking photos on a visit to show his colleagues back home that a lack of uniforms did not create anarchy.

The question that I’d ask is this — if regimentation of thinking is not the goal, what purpose does regimentation serve? I ask our educators constantly, “What will kids learn from this?” and specifics like, “What do you hope kids will learn while [lining up, eating lunch, sitting down, etc]?” Because every single thing we adults do in school teaches something.

We’re tasked with helping grow kids who will function in a post-industrial, post-linear, postcolonial, post-Gutenberg world. We know they will need to craft their own learning and work environments, create their own work days, communicate dozens of different ways, function imaginatively, adapt quickly, and multitask. So we are designing schools that support that learning.

I do reject the old models, because the task has changed. I cannot speak for India, of course, but for my colleagues in Europe and North America, I feel confident in what I say.

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