Reflect on your own schooling. Did you go to a "good" school? What "residuals" did you take away from your schooling, and how has it helped you subsequently?
I have attended state run schools, but I was lucky to go to a special school from the age of 14 until I was 19. The school had an innovative syllabus and teachers who were eager to learn more and were experimenting new ways of teaching in the 1970s in the province of Reggio Emilia, in Italy.
It was a good school because there were good labs, good teachers, students could choose the subjects they were interested in and later at the age of 16 they chose what courses they wanted to do.
The school was modern and there were a lot of educational facilities: in some subjects we had no books and in many others we had the chance to work like biologists and carried out some experiments in the science or physics lab.
Today the school has changed but old students still send their children there, it was a great experience we all learnt a lot.
Today the school is 40 years old.................and it is still young
BUS PASCAL FROM REGGIO EMILIA IS 40 YEARS OLD
Now I am a teacher but I still remember the nice experiences I shared with some students and also some Teachers. I was a shy person but they gave me a lot of support and help and loved what I did in some subjects : languages, history of art, Italian, philosophy and lots of nice articles in English, German we read and worked on........................... They OPENED MY MIND !!
When I think of a model of school I can only say that every student should not only learn subjects but they should also learn values and how to work alone and together to build a better student's mind, the citizen of a modern country.