The world's best models in action
If Rip Van Winkle returned to life today after sleeping for 130
years, possibly the only thing he would recognize would be the
standard elementary school or primary school classroom.
But now new model schools are emerging around the world.
And the world's top-selling nonfiction book in 1999, The
Learning Revolution, outlines the best ones researched by
co-authors Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos. Among their
Tahatai Coast Primary School, in Papamoa,
New Zealand. This is a public school
in a non-affluent area – but it doesn't even look like a school.
It was designed from scratch to combine the world's best interactive
multimedia technology and some of the world's best teaching methods.
In fact, most of the best methods covered throughout the 544-page
hardcover book are found in practice at Tahatai Coast School. (Page
The Lemshaga Barnakademi in Sweden – designed as "an
extraordinary school for ordinary children". It has students
from aged three to 15, and incorporates many similar principles to
those found at Tahatai Coast. (Page
The Overseas Family School in Singapore – an international
school that also starts with early-childhood classes and takes
youngsters, from 26 different nationalities, through to post-high
school. (Page 499)
John Eliot Elementary School in Needham, Massachusetts, USA.
One of America's foremost models in integrative accelerated
learning. (Page 444).
Beijing's 21st century experimental school, in
Beijing, China. One of China's unique new experiments to combine the
best in public and private education – and in linking traditional
Chinese values with new methods of learning. (Page
Many other examples are covered throughout The Learning
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