Continuing his reflections on the key themes in his latest book Battling for the Soul of Education, John Abbott, president of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, talks through the concept of children as ‘pilgrims or customers’.
John Abbott, president of the 21st Century Learning Initiative reflects on the key themes in his latest book Battling for the Soul of Education. In this interview he talks through the concept of children growing up as battery hens or free range chickens.
In this video, John Abbott, author of Battling for the Soul of Education, explains why he started the book by asking the question, What kind of education for what kind of world?
In the week that teachers in the UK went on strike over pay and working conditions, John Abbott, President of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, looks at why teacher morale in the UK is so low. Read our latest book, Battling for the Soul of Education, the culmination of 30 years’ of research synthesis, for […]
Yesterday the Initiative launched its most important document ever. Battling for the Soul of Education – moving beyond school reform to educational transformation. This report represents the findings of three decades of synthesis of research into how humans learn. The aim of the report is to help raise national debates far beyond talk of targets […]
It’s your world to shape from Responsible Subversives John Abbott recently returned from a whistle-stop lecture tour of British Columbia where he shared the thinking of the initiative. A part of the trip involved sharing his thinking with students, which is why he entitled his slides, It’s your world to shape not just to to […]
In this week’s podcast, the 21st Century Learning Initiative’s Janet Lawley concludes her look at the curriculum. Janet says that understanding brings us to learning, which brings us to what education is all about. Schools major on knowledge and skills but they do not always lead to understanding. Learning is what education is – or […]
Following on from last week’s podcast on knowledge, The 21st Century Learning Initiative’s Janet Lawley rethinks the second element of the school curriculum – skills. The traditional school curriculum features academic skills – reading, writing, languages and ICT. They are all essential skills and all academic. But what about practical skills – where do they […]
Kicking off our three-part series on reconsidering the school curriculum, Janet Lawley looks at knowledge and how we acquire it. She argues that gaining knowledge to become a specialist is no longer enough – we need our children to be able to become specialists and at the same time have a wider perspective beyond specialisms […]
This week children’s charity Unicef published data that puts the UK in 16th position – below Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Portugal – in a league table of child well-being in the world’s richest countries. Learning and education is a major factor in the research and is an area in which the UK performs badly. […]
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