Let's start with a Clean Slate

What we are sketching out is not revolutionary. Much of it is already reflected in those non-academic, non-school areas of learning which depend upon successful outcomes for participants, not successful outcomes for the institutions which hold them in, and which, in many cases, hold them back.

The point we made above, that 'no one should be employed beyond the limited periods currently allowed for young people until they reach the age of 16', would free the interim period, between achieving the School Leaving Certificate and gaining entry to higher education or employment, for Personal Education, the other fundamental difference between the current custodial system of schooling until sixteen and the freedom of our idea of education for all. Crucially, the Personal Education stage, described in more detail in 'Wot, No School?' would be the point at which young people could start to take charge of their own learning. In Personal Education, as we define it, young people would be able to choose what they wanted to learn, academic or otherwise, to whatever level they wanted to learn it. They would have the chance to take responsibility for the learning they did, or didn't do, and for the consequences which would flow from their choices: they would begin the vital lessons of judging what is a mistake and what is a success and learning equally from both.