Nurturing ‘Seedlings’, the Story of Alternative Education in Taiwan

A 24-year-old experimental school in Taipei exemplifies Taiwan’s role as a leading advocate of alternative education.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/06/19
By: Siok Hui Leong

It was a sweltering late May afternoon when a bunch of first and second graders,

Photo Credit: Seedling Experimental School

ages six to eight, bounced into Secret (秘密) class at The Seedling Experimental School in Wulai District, New Taipei City.

Teacher Huang Wei Ning’s (黃瑋寧) lesson plan was to uncover the ‘secret’ of tooth anatomy with her students. But the kids chimed: “It’s so hot! Can we go to the creek instead?” The weather forecast predicted an afternoon downpour. After deliberating with the kids, Huang led them to the creek, a stone’s throw from school.

For two class periods, the kids splashed and waded in the crystal-clear water, caught and released fishes and frogs, tasted the first drops of rain and smelled the scent of earth fresh from a summer downpour.    [FULL  STORY]

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