The concept is simple in that it tries to implement a general space with as few walls as possible for the entire school. Students of different ages but of close skill levels are put together in teams to be taught at different spaces in the room. In that view, it is a very child-centered classroom, and the kids can advance at their own rhythm.
For a bit of history, the Open-Classroom concept is not that new or revolutionary. In the 60's, the U.S was questioning their education system and started looking outward. The concept was brought over from England and started spreading fast. This system apparently peaked in the 70's, but quickly evaporated.
Larry Cuban explains in his article that "Public concerns over a lagging economy, rising unemployment, and the Vietnam War grew into a perception, again amplified by the media, that academic standards had slipped, desegregating schools had failed, and urban schools had become violent places. School critics' loud voices and rising public concern over these messy problems melded into "back-to-basics" policies that toughened the curriculum, increased the teacher's authority, and required more work of students"
As much as the idea seems very attractive to me, I wonder if this pedagogy would be best for all kids. Of course, I believe that any system's success is largely dependant on the educators behind it, and I could see that if not applied properly with very strict rules, it could become a very loud and chaotic place.
Have some of you gone to this type of school? Any opinions on such a school system?
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