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The 99 Theses

The 99 Theses were composed in 2006, based on Luther’s manifesto that launched the Reformation and produced a paradigm shift in Western thinking about all aspects of society. The best overview to pick up all the issues that impact on education, that are subsequently unpacked in all the Initiative’s work.

The Story, so Far

Can we – in this generation that knows so much about where we have come from – help our children to be wise rather than greedy?

Thesis 1 – Providing Roots and Wings for our Children

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] The education of children is the most important task parents, or a nation, have to undertake; on them the future well-being of the world depends.  Through the combined influence of home, community and school, education has to create men and women capable of […]

Thesis 2 – The Excitement of Learning

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] Learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human.  It is through learning that we continuously recreate ourselves and become able to do things we were never able to do before.  Learning enables us to perceive the world afresh and […]

Thesis 3 – The Amazing Brain

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] The human race is the planet’s pre-eminent learning species − it is our brains that give us our superiority, not our muscles.  The brain has evolved over vast periods of time to become the most complex organism in the known universe.  It is […]

Thesis 4 – Ancestral Influences

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] We humans with our likes and dislikes, our senses and our sensibilities, didn’t fall ready-made from the sky; nor were we born with minds and bodies that bear no imprint of the history of our species.  The way we interact today at a […]

Thesis 5 – A Gregarious Species

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] We humans are a social species, at our best when living and working within small teams; we may be gregarious but larger groups can make us feel uncomfortable, and crowds often frighten us.  Our sociability enables us to solve problems collaboratively in ways […]

Thesis 6 – Burning with Curiosity

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] It is inquisitiveness that best defines what we humans are all about.  We ask endless questions, the answers to which often beg still further questions.  From the darting, curious, eyes of a baby only a few weeks old, to the growing child’s persistent […]

Thesis 7 – Collecting Our Thoughts

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] Learning is not so much about being taught, as it is the consequence of having to think something out for yourself.  As such, learning is a reflective activity.  By drawing upon our past experiences to understand and evaluate new ideas we are able […]

Thesis 8 – Endless Chatterers

  [Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] Humans Love to talk.  It’s conversation that helps the youngest brains to grow, and the oldest brains to remain agile.  The more we talk the larger becomes our vocabulary (the average Englishman has a vocabulary of some seventy-five thousand words).  As an […]

Thesis 9 – Big Heads

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] As our distant ancestors started to make better use of their brains so, over long periods of time, human brains got larger so forcing the skull to get bigger.  So large did the skull become that the birthing process became more difficult and […]

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