Self-direction is an approach to life and learning that involves connection with and listening to the self, and that voice within, combined with a sense of personal empowerment to explore that insight. It places the responsibility for learning and education with the learner them-self, rather than an external figure of authority such as a teacher. Self-direction is an approach that seeks to enable a person to be in greatest alignment with their own sense of purpose and drives.
Democratic education seeks to make democratic practice an embedded part of a culture/community. At the Cabin we practice democratic principles through our opening and closing meetings and group decision making processes, through our interest in learning all sides and voices within our community, and work towards reaching consensus based solutions to problems when that is required. Everyone in the community matters and everyone has a voice.
Consent-Based Education (CBE)
CBE enables children to say yes or no to what they participate in, and also to be able to reflect and change their minds. Consent Based Education can only exist in environments that are trust and accountability based as opposed to fear-based, where there is no coercion, reward or punishment system in place, and where choices can be made as freely as possible within a community context. At the Cabin we endeavour to provide children with the information that they need/ask for in order to be able to make informed choices. CBE places in high regard the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and bodily agency and autonomy of all people, whatever their age or stage, and acknowledges the personal boundaries that accompany that.
Ed Positivity combines consent culture with the deconstruction of subject silos, and addresses biases that presume that there is some information/knowledge/activity that is inherently superior or suitable for children as opposed to other information/knowledge/activity. An Ed Positive approach welcomes questioning, curiosity and interdisciplinary thinking and doing. It embraces exploration and critical thinking, and is open minded to the many different motivations, needs and manifestations of an individuals path to seeking knoweldge, solving problems and learning in general. Ed Positivity respects all learners’ unique, personal and often private journeys in understanding the world around them and their role in it.
The UK signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 19 April 1990, ratified it on 16 December 1991, and it came into force on 15 January 1992. Everyone has a duty to uphold the rights in the convention, and at the Cabin we take our responsibility as ‘duty bearers’ seriously. The UNCRC influences our policies and practice, and we endeavour through our language, behaviour and mindset to create a rights respecting environment and culture. Everyone is entitled to know about children’s rights, and we work to share rights based information with each other, the children and families that are part of the Cabin community.