About David

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David Mills is a UK-based education futurist and innovator, confidence coach, public speaker and former school teacher. He spent five years researching and exploring existing alternatives to the prevailing school system – including Waldorf/Steiner, Summerhill School (UK), The Kin School (Russia), Big Picture Learning (USA), the Sudbury model (USA), home education and unschooling – as part of his mission to formulate and share a new vision for the future of education. Eduspire is a child-led and innovation-oriented paradigm of education designed to meet the needs of 21st Century learners and to liberate future generations of children from the current monopoly of schools over education. David is passionate about the creation of natural learning environments in which children are free to be themselves and trusted to pursue their own interests and passions. He models this approach to education himself as a professional singer, actor and recording artist.

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13 Comments

  1. Jaclyn Rae said,

    February 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    David, I love your blog! Thank you for having such a beautiful soul. I can’t wait to read more.

  2. Stephanie said,

    March 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I can’t thank you enough David for sharing your thoughts! EVERYTHING I read thus far are my own views, beliefs. I was doing my Ho’oponopono and had the inspiration to get on the computer. I found you. It is like myself talking to me! it is almost too crazy! Although, this is becomming my life.
    i have been practicing hooponopono, taken several seminars with Dr. Hewlen, listened to Bashar’s concepts and now trying to combine all of this to lead me to my passion…building a school around a child-centered learning environment.I am an elementary school teacher (resource) and yoga instructor finding my way through life practicing hooponopono and remembering that the world is in me! I CAN change it by Being my true self! One question… are other people extensions of the one Source being perceived by me. Lots to say I only wish I could talk you.
    Thank you David
    Stephanie G from Montreal Canada

    • David said,

      March 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Stephanie, how wonderful to hear from you! Dr Hew Len and Bashar are both hugely inspiring… have you also come across Abraham (through Esther Hicks)? There are many excellent YouTube videos featuring Abraham’s wisdom regarding children, education and the role of parents. Yes, other people are extensions of Source energy but you are only ever seeing your own personal perception of them. In this sense, they are reflections of aspects of yourself. The “experience” that arises from the interaction with another is real; the interaction itself is an illusion. Anything that you perceive in another – positive or negative – is recognition of something within yourself. Yes, the purpose of life is to be your Self. In aligning with the passion/joy/love that lies at the core of your being the world around you changes automatically for the better.

      Thanks for making contact.
      David

  3. kelly lane said,

    April 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Hi David, currently wanting to set up a new school in northamptonshire, I wanted this to be a Montessori school, I now realise that I want it to be something for home educators and unschoolers/flexi schoolers and people who want something different from mainstream. I am a mother of 4 I home educated my now 8yr old for 2 years, she is back in school along with my 4 yr old. I love education, I would love the right balance. I had currently thought about a “free” school, which we had started with the Montessori idea, gaining an interest from 500 individuals.

    i have read the free schools application form and gulp! is all I can say, very complex, especially for a Montessori school.

    What I really envisage is something much more simpler then this, a school run by parents/family and teachers chosen by its pupils.

    I could waffle on all night.

    Where are you based?

    I am in the uk

    • David said,

      May 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Kelly, thanks for making contact. I am in Chicago until the middle of June, pursuing my singing career and volunteering at Tallgrass Sudbury School (which operates according to the same principles as Sudbury Valley School in Massachusetts… check out sudval.org). However, I am based in Luton so perhaps we could meet up for a chat when I return to the UK. I would be happy to share with you my knowledge and experience of the Sudbury school model; indeed, I run public talks for home educators on this subject in and around Bedofordshire.

  4. Sandra said,

    September 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

    David, Hi !
    Same passion, and same mission here both as children and singing are concerned! It was about time I discovered this website. Thank you!
    Sandra

  5. Sandra said,

    September 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

    David,

    Have you heard about the Reggio approach to education? It shares some similarities with the Sudbury model, although the focus is mainly on early childhood years. I am “working around” these two models for my home-educated son and with the idea of also creating a “Not back to school”-inspired place for unschoolers/home-educated children AND for children who do go to school (to help them create opportunities for connecting with their true selves).

    When you are back in the UK, I would love to meet up!

    Enjoy your Chicago experience.

    Sandra

    • David said,

      September 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Sandra,

      Thank you for your message and for bringing the Reggio approach to education to my attention. I am back in the UK and would be very interested in talking to you about your ideas. I will send an email later!

      Kind regards,
      David

  6. arjun som said,

    January 22, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Wow!!!
    As Stephanie commented on top, even i felt so connected to your views that i felt like talking to myself. Am passionate about coaching and was reading few blogs before starting mine and thats when i find this. Thanks a lot, waiting for more posts. Would like to connect on fb or twitter aswell.

    Cheers for the journey ahead.

    Regards

    Arjun Som from India

    • David said,

      February 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Arju Som,

      Thank you so much for making contact. It is always reassuring to know that there are people out there who resonate with my messages. You can find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/dwmillsey

      You have actually inspired me to start blogging again so thank you!

      Best wishes,
      David

  7. stephanie said,

    August 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

    hello, i do not know if i should leave this comment here but i really like what you have to say. i’d like to think i am making some sense of it but i can’t be too sure. i’m only sixteen but i often feel a lot older and like i don’t belong on earth because i do not seem to have the same desires as most other humans. i look around and see a society and people that are fueled by their wants of wealth, power, and sex. i have no interest in any of these things; i’m very indifferent to a lot of things people seem to be into. i do not wish to pursue any career or get a job despite everyone’s urges, the power struggle makes me feel sick sometimes and i feel sex is only momentary false pleasure and a distraction. im not interested or impressed with sex. i am more interested in just being on this earth if that makes sense. i want to live and breathe and take in everything earth has to offer. my ideal situation is being out in the forest, watching plants grow and animals thrive. i apologize if this is lengthy and or comes off overbearing but when i read some of the things you said i felt slightly less alone and misunderstood. thank you david, you seem very ‘plugged-in’ (to yourself and the planet) and intelligent! i love reading this blog.

    • David said,

      August 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Stephanie, my dear friend, thank you for your lovely message and kind words. You don’t come across as overbearing, don’t worry.

      Your physiological age in this lifetime may be 16 but your soul is much older and contains great wisdom. Let me tell you this: you are perfect just the way you are. Please know that, regardless of what others are saying or doing, your truest friend and most reliable source of guidance is your own inner voice. If you feel drawn to be in the forest, surrounded by plants and animals, it can happen. Trust that vision and life will lead you there. However, more important than what you do or where you go is who you are being.

      We live in a world of infinite diversity and contrast. Everyone is making their own choices and learning what they need to be learning in each moment. You may find it helpful to express gratitude for the things you observe in others. After all, without their contrasting example, you wouldn’t be in a position to make a different choice for yourself. Your unique example is, in turn, your gift to them. So simply accept and be your unique self. In your uniqueness lies your beauty, your confidence, your power and your purpose. In my experience, the more I accept myself and embrace my uniqueness, the less I feel misunderstood by others 🙂

      Feel free to email me if you wish to talk further: dwmillsey@hotmail.com

      Thanks again for making contact.

      Best wishes,
      David

  8. Michael Luikenga said,

    July 1, 2015 at 8:47 am

    this is a nice song from herbert groenemeyer, a german songwriter
    listen …. best wishes from germany an thankyou for this wonderful blog ..
    http://www.myvideo.de/watch/8825823/Kinder_an_die_Macht_Herbert_Groenemeyer


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