Reviews of John Abbott and Heather McTaggart’s book Overschooled but Undereducated can be viewed here.
A truly remarkable triumph. John Abbott has managed to set to words the seemingly inexplicable malaise which haunts the educational system today in Britain. ‘Overschooled and Undereducated’ provides an invaluable insight into a staggering range of interdisciplinary theory and research to explain precisely why schools aren’t working as they should be, and could be. The […]
The thing that helped most was the clear, reasonable and perfectly logical explanation of why I was a miserable sod from the age of about 13 until I became a teacher at 22.
Janet M. Lawley, former headmistress and an advocate for children. What a pity that Michael Shaw was unfamiliar with the concept of cognitive apprenticeship as a model of learning and assumed that it was the same as traditional apprenticeship. It is almost two decades since Collins, Brown and Hollum published their thesis, “Cognitive Apprenticeship – […]
John Abbott has provided an accessible and challenging book that provides valuable insights into adolescents and the need for an appropriate approach to their educational development for adult life and responsibility.
Primary School Headteacher, and currently Chairman of the Primary Heads Association, England
Overschooled but Undereducated is a truly inspiring read and a worthwhile publication. It surpasses Abbott & Ryan: The Unfinished Revolution, 2000 which is an accolade indeed. The message flows through so powerfully to the end – I have thoroughly enjoyed it. But what is truly exciting about this – and I am aware this is […]
Overschooled and Undereducated is more than just another book that breathes the usual heavy sigh of despair in reaction to much of the western world’s education system today. Rather, the book provides a rich history that outlines significant twists and turns in the path leading to our current system and describes in great detail the […]
Overschooled but Undereducated begins with the fable of a deer whose evolution hasn’t adapted it to cope with car headlights. “We too are transfixed by the lights which are about to destroy us,” is the anthropomorphic moral at the opening of a book that develops into a survival guide posited on a revamped education system. […]
Former Primary School Headmaster, Sussex
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