Attack! 6 The infant room rocks along like a dinghy in a storm

Welcome to ATTACK! 

ATTACK! is a two-page occasional publication giving attention to the curriculum – the holistic curriculum.

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ATTACK! is for you, also to introduce to your colleagues. Each issue will be restricted to two pages. A cover graphic for a file or folder to store ATTACK! issues is available.

Most of ATTACK! will be concerned with the holistic curriculum which, if acted on, is a fundamental way to undermine the present undemocratic education system. Don’t be discouraged if opportunities to teach holistically are limited, do your best, be a guardian, and act as a witness to this culturally significant and inspiring way of teaching and learning.

To get in touch for comment, questions, and the ATTACK! issues to be sent to you personally:  ksmythe@wave.co.nz

Attack! 6 The infant room rocks along like a dinghy in a storm

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3 Responses to Attack! 6 The infant room rocks along like a dinghy in a storm

  1. Emily nelson says:

    Love this post Kelvin! Sylvia Ashton-Warner is one of my inspirations. I love the idea of teaching as an eternal enigma – I’ve always found it so. A much more generative and sustaining picture than the linear boredom pedalled in much ‘best practice’ these days. I think it might be time to dust off my old beaten up copy of Spinster and re-connect over summer -I do enjoy a good love story!

  2. Kelvin says:

    Great to hear from you Emily and great comments. It’s a three-way love story: her love for the Maori children (always hard on the European), the young teacher, and herself. But all wonderfully disordered – very much not linear boredom. Did you notice the reference to cracks in the floor? Tolley had children falling through, Sylvia has their energy rising the other way.

  3. Steve and Val Horne says:

    I love your creative subversiveness Kelvin. Perhaps another required book for all teachers is ‘ In the early world ‘ by Elwyn Richardson. A book that challenges the ‘ Follow the script or else ‘ dictum so increasingly prevalent in primary schools today.

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