Lourdes Jiménez, best teacher in the world 2021: "You have to ruffle the school to get the best out of the children"

The best teacher in the world 2021 does not teach in Finland. He does it in Spain. But neither does he teach in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia. She is a teacher in Sorihuela del Guadalimar, a small town in Jaén of just over 1,100 inhabitants, located in the Las Villas region.

Lourdes Jiménez is director of the Padre Manjón Public School and she is very clear that in school children must be offered a “learning for life” · This young teacher flees from “coffee for everyone” since she considers that each child is different , has different capacities and you have to get the best out of him or her. Not everyone has to go to college, and not everyone who doesn’t get there is worse.

In addition, he considers that school is where they have to work to form their personalities and their critical spirit. And if you get them to decide what they are going to do, all the better.

Lourdes Jiménez, on Radio Alicante SER, during the interview with Lluís Bonet / Silvia Cárceles

To do this, for children to learn, bet on a very practical method. Nothing to dedicate to exercise the rote. Children have to be happy while they learn and therefore the best way is for them to learn by playing.

Lourdes insists that the schools of our country can apply this methodology since they are allowed to do so. For this reason, he affirms that “you have to mess up the system, to create a stronger school.” Schools that leave space for boys and girls, that allow them to get bored, that they believe and that “give them time to see how far they will go”.

Lourdes Jiménez is a teacher, a graduate in Physical Activity Sciences and a writer. He has published a score of books, mostly devoted to pedagogy, but he also has stories and poetry.

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