It’s often been stated that school, flat out, is boring. And this writer couldn’t agree more; you’re forced to go somewhere you don’t want to go, sit somewhere you don’t want to sit and listen to someone drone on about a subject you don’t care about, and frankly, don’t want to know about. Is it any wonder that learning becomes such a struggle for so many?
At the new De Ontplooing School opening in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this is being turned on its head. The school name translates to ‘The Development’ and highlights Steve Jobs’ passion for education. It aims to give students the ability to learn at their own pace through an individualized learning environment and puts the learning squarely in the palms of the student’s hands through the very latest iPad.
Attendance is already beginning to pick up with 55 students already signed up to the course, it’s expected that the school will cater to around 130 pupils in total through language rooms, workshops, studio spaces and a quiet room. Each room has been carefully crafted to allow students and teachers to practice a range of activities and sees a hardcore reliance on technology and freedom of thought. The school is part of a 21 school project which launched two years ago all around the Netherlands.
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