Education Week in Victoria was in May, however for Queensland it's during October with the theme, creating opportunities.
I believe a great opportunity has been created in Victoria for not only their state's education system but that of Australia, and it's time to take a fresh look at how education is presented and what constitutes learning for this new generation of children.
Schools have existed in Australia for more than 200 years, so for centuries the uniform routine of sitting at a desk whilst a teacher imposes rules and unnecessarily prescriptive courses of study has been the main way of learning.
Suffice to say we don't live in the 1800s anymore and if we want the next generation to thrive in this changing world then an alternative educational option is needed.
My grandchild is coming into school age which is why I started looking into options for education because I know he will find sitting at a desk boring, he's more hands on and learns by participating and doing things.
In Victoria, two schools, Phillip Island Village School and Koonwarra Village School, have recently made headlines with their holistic form of education.
The philosophy is based on the understanding that there is a deeper purpose to life than the role human beings assume through their day-to-day employment and their goal is to set students on a path of self actualisation.
Self actualisation is uncovering their identity and the meaning and purpose of their lives.
This is achieved by embracing a co-creative approach to teaching and supports students to be independent and manage their own learning.
It allow students to develop empathy with others, communicate effectively and teaches shared decision-making which is an ongoing practice of making decisions that affect each individual personally and the broader school community.
It's also about connecting to nature, people and the rhythms of life through real-life activities like spending time in nature, learning from a wide range of people, and engaging in celebrations and rituals that reflect important events in their lives whilst still using the Victorian curriculum as the base of its academic program.
Their way of education sounds like the perfect opportunity for our generation of sons, daughters and grandkids to learn in this 21st Century.