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A Failure of Democracy: A Current Postscript

A Failure of Democracy: A Current Postscript English Education at the start of the 21st Century[1] John Abbott, in a discussion with his assistant of five years Jim Robinson, reflects on the political and philanthropic landscapes, and the rise of globalised solutions… Jim Robinson (JR): I came to work with the Initiative in September 2010, […]

Overschooled but Undereducated

As 2006 ended I recognised the need to collect all the ideas and experiences I had gathered from research, and everything I had learnt from discussions around the world since publishing the Policy Paper (1998), by explaining what I meant by ‘overschooled but undereducated’.

Understanding the Research: The Synthesis, 1996

If we apply the wrong model of learning for the best of reasons, we will never get the results we seek

Learning Makes Sense through to the central thesis

Over the course of many lectures given between 1993 and 1994, the conflict between what Education 2000 was recommending, and the increasing pressure to work to the prescriptive requirements of the National Curriculum, encouraged the Trust to define learning as … “a reflective activity which enables the learner to draw upon previous experience to understand and evaluate the present, so as to shape future action and formulate new knowledge”.

Thesis 82 – Making More Sense

While there has to be an absolute limit to what a person can be taught, and even more to what they can memorise, there is no limit to what a motivated person who knows how to think, and collaborate with others, can learn for themselves.   Curious as it may seem the Department of Education […]

Thesis 81 – Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Eat five pieces of fruit and vegetable daily.  Limit your consumption of meat; eat wild grains and fish, reduce salt and sugar.  Exercise regularly.  Talk a lot and tell stories; don’t work too hard; get plenty of sleep, and share and share alike1.   Humans have been using their brains to think, and their stomachs […]

Thesis 80 – Stand Back to See Clearly

Inquisitive Man has so extended the range and depth of human knowledge that it is impossible for a single mind to comprehend its entirety; that being so, it would seem essential that some should attempt to create a synthesis of all the parts, not with the authority of disciplinary experts, but with a skill in […]

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