This is a critical moment in time when Australia needs meaningful, informed voices debating educational options. The Schoolhouse Centre for Progressive Education is an initiative to drive awareness, discussion and adoption of progressive approaches to education.

We believe we have to change the way our schools work. They need to reflect the dynamic nature of the world we live in, and give the next generation the education they need and deserve. An education that is based on a progressive, student-directed approach; that is focused on problem solving, cooperative projects and social skills; that encourages curiosity and play; that values experiential learning; that emphasises entrepreneurship and civic participation.

This is a critical moment in time when Australia needs meaningful, informed voices debating educational options and advocating innovative, progressive approaches. With your help we believe the Schoolhouse Centre for Progressive Education can be one of those voices. The Centre is an initiative to drive awareness, discussion and adoption of progressive approaches to education.

We believe that more than ever, we need to prepare and inspire our children to change the world.

The next generation will inherit many global challenges – from environmental to social; from political to ethical. Let’s nurture in them the skills and strengths to embrace these challenges and create positive, sustainable solutions. Skills like critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. Strengths like initiative, resilience, empathy and awareness.

Our schools often fail to do this. They’re distracted, their efforts misdirected. They focus on the accumulation of facts; standardised testing; deference to authority. Or they simply give in to the pressures of economic efficiency and social convention.

We have to change the way our schools work. We need them to reflect the dynamic nature of the world we live in. Schools need to give the next generation the education they deserve and need, based on a progressive, student-directed approach. An education that focuses on problem solving, cooperative projects and social skills; that encourages curiosity and play; that values experiential learning; that emphasises entrepreneurship and civic participation.

This is why we’re building the Schoolhouse Centre for Progressive Education, the only organisation in Australia dedicated to championing progressive approaches to schooling. The Centre’s activities will include teacher training, parent programs, conferences events, school course materials, lobbying and public advocacy.