Bid for dif­fer­ent ap­proach to learn­ing

The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE - Arthur Gor­rie arthur.gor­rie@gympi­

A SMALL group of Mary Val­ley par­ents are hop­ing they can gen­er­ate enough sup­port to es­tab­lish a school, based on prin­ci­ples of al­low­ing chil­dren to grow and de­velop at their own speed.

Steiner school ad­vo­cate, Jonathan An­stock, of Doo­nan says the prin­ci­ples of Aus­trian philoso­pher Ru­dolf Steiner in many fields were a for­ma­tive in­flu­ence on some ma­jor his­tor­i­cal fig­ures, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect Wal­ter Bur­ley Grif­fin, who de­signed Can­berra.

But Steiner prin­ci­ples do not pres­sure kids to­wards great­ness, but al­low them to achieve it at their own speed.

Mr An­stock says it is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent ap­proach to that of ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties, who he says might be com­pared to ag­gres­sive sport­ing par­ents yelling at their chil­dren from the side­lines.

“Our driv­ing force is an un­der­stand­ing that chil­dren should not be rushed in their early years of de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“In­deed we don’t need to rush chil­dren’s de­vel­op­ment and bring it on be­fore they’re ready.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence in Fin­land showed us that fewer face-to-face teach­ing hours were linked to bet­ter re­sults in in­ter­na­tional tests.”

In­ter­ested par­ents can con­tact Mr An­stock on 0404 103 662.

NEW LEARN­ING: The Steiner School at Doo­nan en­cour­ages chil­dren to grow and de­velop at their own speed. PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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