If you cast your memory back to episode 41 we talked to Jon Neale about his visit to the Agora school in Roermond, Netherlands and their innovative style of education. On this episode we are delighted to be joined by Rob Houben, the manager of Agora. As the manager, Rob is like the headteacher or principal.
However, this is not a school as we know it. Rob is quoted as saying “We give children the opportunity to play, because when children are playing with something they get interested. And then you don’t have to teach, and you don’t have to police them either”. There are no year groups at Agora, students direct their own learning and teachers are replaced by mentors.
The school has been described as a blend of a university (where you have knowledge), a Buddhist monastery (where you can think), a theme park (where you can play) and a communal marketplace (where you can trade and swap things). If Edufuturists were ever going to build a school, then Rob might just have beat us to it.