Every Thursday at lunch hour, I run a design club for my year 3 and 4 students. During the last meeting, students were debating how long it would take them to complete a project. I was extremely impressed with their team spirit and planning abilities. Agreeing with their time table for completion, I told them that you can’t rush quality. One of the boys responded with: “And you can’t rush a poo.”
Now, while the other students kept working, taking no apparent notice, I was taken aback by this audacious statement. I thought to myself: well, you’re getting a bit Zen on me, young man. After a brief moment of contemplation, I added (with a hint of humour): “Yes, I suppose you’re right.” To which he responded confidently, without hesitation: “I know because I’ve tried it!”
That’s exactly the sort of learning that the British educational system should be promoting – independent, reflective with a strong practical aspect.