I think there is a certain kind of 'attitude' that helps 'qualify' a person for a democratic styled education teacher role. The first aspect is to not want to be in charge. The second is to think the mainstream and the 'do-as-you're-told' ers are frankly asleep /sleep walking and to apply this opinion in particular to mainstream schooling. The third is to like children as individuals. The fourth to be a relaxed person with the ability to show a sense of humour. The fifth is to not be afraid of dissent and disagreement and to see this as healthy. The sixth is to care and to love freedom. The seventh and most crucial is perhaps to have a strong sense of what a boundary is so that when it gets crossed the person knows why, what that means and how to react. Alternative education boundaries are entirely different from mainstream ones, so the sense of what a boundary is should be informed by attachment theory rather than rules.
What Matters in Consulting About Education?
Children are all unique. So are parents and families. An education that works is flexible.
It is important to realise that each family came together in its own way. That way is beautiful.
To understand education is to appreciate attachment theory, freedom and autonomy versus consensual compliance and how these relate to teaching and learning. The picture of what is right as education changes and develops. It is not a static painting, but a journey.
When Helen consults with you she refers to her appreciation of interdisciplinary research and her expert knowledge of education as pathways.