Whose House Is This, and Why Are We Here? The Pedagogy of Raintree School

We live in the houses other people built. They move in, water the plants, eat at our table. We didn’t build this house. No one, on their own, ever really does. Houses like ours are dug from the earth – dark fertile ground saturated with intention and dreams.

We live in the houses other people built: Lois Malaguzzi, Rudolf Steiner, John Dewey and Johann Pestalozzi and A.S. Neill. Richer Louv and Teacher Tom.

Provocative and hopeful, we’ve left our door open at the risk of catching something new. And in came a courageous pedagogy from Raintree School – reggio-inspired forest school: a place-based experiential approach fully directed by children and embedded in citizenship and local activism.

To teach well, with intention and purpose, it’s for each of us to know who came before. To understand the stumbles and misalignments, to appreciate the rights of every learner and filter out the dreck (edu-bling, buzz words, and fads).

You must know that when a child takes up residence at Raintree School, she will experience a world where she fiercely exists. Years down the road, as she catches her reflection in the shimmery pools of the wild world, she will know exactly what she is meant to do: find the beauty, roll in the dirt, and change the world.