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tv   Democratic Schooling - UK  Al Jazeera  March 30, 2018 8:33am-9:00am +03

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me amal's me president you when my husband sworn in comes a week after the former president hit him shall resign because of growing health concerns the new president to see him as a close aide of ansel sutured a lost of australia's three disgraced cricket is has returned home following the ball tampering scandal in south africa vice captain david warner's been for twelve months he was to sydney after his teammates steve smith and cameron. well those were the headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera after rebel education's pledge of that sort of bottom up. a conflict spanning seven years. humanitarian disaster displacing more than half the nation. just your world meets the children who have become victims of syria's civil war. i am a syrian child on al-jazeera. education
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. the universal rights to expand the rise and offer better prospects the pulse to a better life gets around the globe schools and institutions. systems been deemed to be no longer fit. me thinking one school of and how they want identifying the feel of the nordic media in the twentieth century now a new wave of rebel education is sweeping. educate and a radically changed the way it will not challenge the old and bucking the. create seem opportunities which will affect the individual and entire community.
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being out on the water with a nautical school like this is a pretty great experience and i love being out here this is a friday period three and look where we're on the road victoria dark so that in itself makes the school a great place to be and i think it also inspires us as disco to do things in different and unique ways we're not bounded by what you would expect which is a great thing. when i first came to the u.k. one thing that did strike me was the amount to which the system for education
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focuses on exam outcomes there's a lot of punishment associated with doing badly in exams it seems so often leads to really conservative approaches in the classroom and schools is a risk averse process i think there's much more that we should be doing in classrooms then simply getting ready for exams. sit down right listen up please there's not words i told you yesterday that we were
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going to do going to continue to learn about a movement in america at the minute and actually does that they have is starting in london to call black closed when people come to the streets in large numbers doesn't only call protest and interesting thing about protest is protest and symbols ok you can tell me what a symbol is yes exactly that tell us something good so actually what you see the rectally can often be different to what you think of right this is my first year as a qualified teacher so this is all i've ever done and i think it would be difficult for me now to return. to i mean for lack of a better mainstream education the good thing about the autonomy here is the fact that you can i can push a certain things i can push the issue of representation they give me a framework to do that is a picture of who. i. don't know who is the most famous person that.
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is beyond say right and what i want you to do is only talk to i want you to tell your partner and i want you to ask them why do you think beyonce has put all of these names oh behind talk to the person next to go. on the national curriculum says that teachers are allowed to teach pretty much anything they want according to the official document of the government out we have autonomy to do that it's just the case that often as the departments don't put in systems in place in which teachers can choose their own text what is trayvon martin's name stand for in all of the list these other names i hope that the kids feel that english is for them english is is about learning about the world it's about critiquing things in society and it's about how you can stand up to injustice and that's why i hope the kids feel and that's why i became an english teacher and that's why i try and
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implement on a on a day to day basis when she. knows . this is the time when you get to choose your english teacher is for the next two years we have a set of beliefs and their english department here about you. the first thing we believe is that you can be trusted that you are the perfect person to decide where and how and with whom you learn you decide how hard the program of learning that you think is suitable for you should be you decide the topic you decide the style of learning and then you get on and succeed we do not want to break you and say
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groups who we think will achieve and groups who we think want that is none of our business at the end of it all you will all say the same g.c.s.e. examinations and you will all have the same chance of succeeding but the path you will follow to get there will be very different i'd like to invite you to come forward. mr vinick has a new teacher. as well as teaching english the boys talk trauma media alongside lots of bring in those different aspects to. begin to look at that perspective different people's perspective my take my cool about. what freedom is free to me i'm interested in the opinions that you bring to these tax because that's what makes it interesting if you like exploring social issues or things like talking about what we might call big issues such as race and of course poverty gender then perhaps my course will be for newt will be
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a long time for me to your view and you'll be expected to be quite often the texts that i have selected. and you're going to have to be willing to do some hard work if you want to be in the school i want you to develop the skill with which you speak i want you to be confident speech three plus i want you to. write and if you're reading so that you understand you so much great stuff out for you to understand your enjoyment you so much right so. i think about it mr bright i would teaches you to back you. down for a level. you can understand he understands us more it makes you feel like a grown up because it makes you have your own choice your independence to be honest i really don't know who it's a pick because they're all very good with all their individual ideas and everything .
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we have invited you to have a conversation with us about the way that we work in english department. we need to know exactly what it is that you want to say from the teaches and what we can offer you next year. it would not be better if it was actually way street whereas. the speaker could also see this to me where we don't think it's our position to choose just you one of the things that has been proven in research it's going to make the most difference to him and his learning is the teacher we feel like it's appropriate future have a choice on. one. thing.
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every three jazz block for each class so you can look at the work of that rubens being provided with and each student as a block so you can look at your son's work where you can look at the work where the students are next class if you're interested in seeing what others are doing you can also go on to that same site and find all the information about all the possible badges he could ever want to achieve any concerns or. problems with the idea of us publishing all of this material i don't know how to think that very . out and maybe not all. i don't mind being thought of a certain age in that you need to check yeah you're lucky he's vulnerable yeah yeah we think as a school and as educators it's our job to also inform them about how to be online and by providing them with a publishing mechanism that is under control. they we can then monitor right the
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choices they're making and be and be with them in their online world we're concerned with. the. i mean. it's important for us if we have or are inclined to do these things to go on to give us because what we're doing doesn't just come from one person it's actually about all of us it's the student and the teacher is for sharing our experiences of what we've created to get. the thing is a conference for two trees so the only people there except for you will be to cook for things so i'm usually very interested to see how that actually works in
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a school and one of the things we did we agreed was that it's actually more real. for students to. get your point of view then we just say students really like it talk about. what you want to talk about. what the people want to reach of you that might be a different thing i'm not sure. because you can gauge screen it simply with a cheap night going out on your own badges and things like that you know it might be that you're in a position to talk about that also all of us here all english class is different is that it's not is it even though we use our basic skills i was lucky i use it to do you know want to toss things we're doing right now if you don't know me to get to have that conversation that normally you'll go into a classroom and another school and they will tell you what your program going is going to be and that's what you do if he.
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tries. to abort along some people from my team and order to validate and verify some of the things we're saying. to talk to you about our whole new system of where courage is teachers and students to take responsibility for themselves ask. ordinary school. deal. and upload it and you know teachers can see it you should. expect it to read a book. read a book. you can tell. the. only girl that i know of to do their own english teacher and i think that
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in no way. and. it makes me so young when bit of his book. it makes me more. like a thoughtful thing goes up i think i picked up with the quote i thought his course and i think i could relate to it live and you'll have to believe me when i say this i haven't said to for you and say those things right like and so one for you and says i think that mr bryan this course is good for me because it's about in a city and we talk about social issues well i mean i think that if i was in school when i was in school i would have liked to have said that about my teacher and i feel like the fact that we study writers of color. and for you can read about those writers of color and he can see himself in those books is very important because if we don't we often talk about the verse in schools right but if we don't have the
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verse in terms of the things that we study in english how we have or have the verse in english teacher says we really like hearing love to hear what you have to say about what the line that we've cites for everything. when i first saw the students were here my i thought is that it's not going to be quite a stick or smooth or some in the i'm going to go i'm going to really get anything out of but i was so moved about you know it was so genuine and honest that it got me to thinking about how possibly achatz sachs will mimic it from my own school that came across that they hadn't handpicked the students the students and put themselves forward and it gave me a feeling of genuine nice that you know made it easier for me to sort of take that and see that it worked. i think i wouldn't have any problem having students choose my classes but i can specifically think of two or three members of my department where students wouldn't pick it and i'd worry as well that those members of staff
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would be affected by the fact that they were picked we get a very favorable response to our ideas when we share them with people and at the same time they generally say one universal thing and that is we love this but we could never do this we say why not a one and don't think go away. are going to go and. what we do in the english department as a whole is thirdly. this is not been easy within a state school institution. people dislike change the risk of arrest
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and within the scope i have had to battle with people in order to get them to agree for us to go ahead with these programs and processes they challenge the very fundamental nature of how schools work giving students parents choice is terrifying for a lot of people in education you've recorded yourselves speaking and you've transcribed those conversations all i want to do now is start to identify as many as possible of these modifications to standard english that you've made in your conversations. the right. you know oh yeah well you know why do you think that often you know news i would not want to tell you that it was called out when you're basically telling a story and one morning what did you just say since we have such high stakes accountability in this country if you are going to do something that is different from the normal school leaders it's always going to find it quiets quite flattening
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particularly when the school leaders there were countable for the course of your work. what. i experienced initially of christie's performance when being observed when also this but it was quite negative enough not to conference quite a bit if you go on all students but it's a coming into your room and they will make judgments and those just was kind of factual could inspect the crime and looked at my teaching and defined my practice as an adequate. i guess there is the sense that a good listener is a listen westerners are sitting behind desks they are quiet and they are studiously engaged in some kind of individual inquiry my view is that they they learn a lot in collaboration with each other what are the key people might call chaos i would often just call active engagement.
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over the years as the results that we have achieved have come through the system and revealed themselves the inspectors are much more amenable to the work we do to the extent that the most recent visit from us did ultimately gave us a very good. rating we had to prove ourselves before we would be taken seriously and i do think that if you're going to create change in the way that we have in a system like this you have to have the courage to be willing to fail or to be seen to fail by others. and it's not just external agencies that we have scoop and so cool steeples we've got convinced of the first rules within the school not all questions equally they don't necessarily follow the smoothest look you need is it's not a model of if you want wants to adopt because it is a lot of work and it is a go different way of working in the way that money to students which is a long time.
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you've got something of a choice about what you do today the way that you've been planning for the data it's. planning your method i'm getting ready to actually do your experiments i'm about to take over as head of science and i guess and i've been spending a lot of time working with the english department on the ideas that they've had i have already started to try that and i've to results was really fun. thursday evening is that i get to try and prove that there are four yeah exactly you've made it refutable because you started your sources. in the first question that it has yours again so this all obvious seven eight nine and eleven to about the age of fifteen are going to be choosing
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a science teacher. where reading. every teacher in my department teaches differently we each have different approaches and different classroom philosophies from today you have been given the chance to make a decision that is incredibly important to your success. the kids have been through this before they've done it so many times they know exactly what to expect and my tame of the people the astounding method the first time selling themselves which is something that's not really asked of you very much in teaching way used to being the ones that are very much in control and i agree but if you're more than that what you'll be best last year i really want to make it that we talk about issues that are going on in the world right now that even a little more relevant there's no group but. you have to.
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be treated. to work on my team in a science department almost entirely name more than half of my department has never before the tough stuff in science departments in the u.k. at the moment is generally quite high and the reason for that is there's a real shortage of science teachers there students that without this morning. you know seen a few teachers come and go at this stage and a couple of them have said you know what's the point in choosing your teacher if they're going to be leaving soon anyway it sometimes may actually that they have come to believe that that we might disappear on them and not be around to see the records three. zero. zero zero zero zero zero zero zero let. me. tell you it's like you.
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know i woke up this morning petrified actually because i mean the same feeling as many people in the country whenever she was my age you know so we're going to get i mean this piece of paper with it controls our lives with you oh. oh. oh. oh oh oh oh it's pretty exciting to be able to say that the results from this year's english program at u.c.s.c. of the best way to have. the students that we teach fits into some of the categories nationally that are regarded as some of the least likely to achieve we have students who come from backgrounds of poverty we have students who come from backgrounds of where their parents are migrants students that come from difficult circumstances and given that that's the case and yet they come into this goal and through their time here succeed at a level that is comparable and better than many other students with much greater
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privilege in the country is something we well it's what gets us up in the morning. i don't very well possible issues to be using english language and i'll be studying in next year i've highly highly recommend we celebrate is one of the best you see i've ever had is the one report for us i was trained in english and he was one who got me to who got me to do this when they freed their personality and there own forced into their lessons that's when the lesson comes. in a in literature and the language. is able to. sort. of what discovery exploration of the language or the text that we're studying and hours each student to develop their. ideas that's probably why it is so good anywhere on this earth has done fantastically well in english and the really really proud of the week i am going to be in english and not only that easy it's also got
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a slight hurdle with firm dyslexia and the fact that it's got such amazing results is a credit thing which to. the great thing about mr wood is he spends toying with me and yet she likes that as i what your child needs. the other when i said i go back to the ravine many examples over the years where i felt frustrated because i don't think that the school supported me in the way that i feel like just typical for someone who's trying to be something different i think. but at the same time. in the end what we've got to show for what we have done speaks for itself. and. combining also into. to challenge soviet era methodologies.
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through making create and performing. turning a generation of children. into the trailblazers of tomorrow. after school. because of the rebel education series this time on how to sierra. morales was just ten years old when a devastating earthquake struck mexico city in one thousand nine hundred five the quake damaged her family's apartment and the government moved them to distant shack around seventy families who lost their homes in that earthquake still live in this camp say going to be at that because of the government raised our hopes and then abandon us politicians have promised that they won't allow a repeat of what happened after the earthquake in one thousand eight hundred five but the cost and complexity of housing hundreds of people living in camps is a major task and one that many people here think the government the fail. in twenty
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sixteen when he's revealed big girls from me and some as young as fifteen were trafficked to singapore to work as maines it's illegal and costing lives so why does it still continue in law abiding singapore want to when east on al-jazeera and under pointed well on i j z the u.s. and british companies have announced the biggest discovery of natural gas in west africa but what to do with these untapped natural resources is already a source of heated debate nothing much has changed they still spend most of their days looking forward to for the dry riverbed like this one five years on the syrians still feel battered or even those who managed to escape their country haven't truly been able to escape the war.

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