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Asking the still unanswered questions

John Abbott in discussion with his Assistant Jim Robinson…   Jim Robinson (JR): John, whilst editing the Initiative’s papers for the Timeline, it seems that there were a number of significant conversations going on in 2006 – in Canada and Ireland – which could, had circumstances allowed, have been real ‘game-changing’ events.   John Abbott […]

When Kids Come First

When Kids Come First

Breaking New Ground

Working with Jeff Hopkins, previously Superintendent of the highly successful Gulf islands School Board District on Vancouver Island over a number of years resulted in 2013 in the opening of PSII – the Pacific School of Innovation and Improvement. See their Prospectus

Education, A Canadian Student’s View

Paul Hillsdon is a 16 year old youth currently residing in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada. He spends most of his time perusing the internet, catching up on TV shows, and thinking up crazy ideas. Paul is currently muddling through the last years of high school. Afterwards, he intends to pursue his dreams and ideals […]

When one door closes, another may open

Living in England but increasingly involved in Canada, and a continuing participation in ideas percolating through other countries, the British General Election of May 2010 caused the Initiative and myself to catch our collective breaths, and in the process fearing we could be gasping our last.

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’.

Conference Keynote: Into the Future; Knowledge Transfer, and Cultural Norms

This keynote was  delivered by John Abbott to the Business Council of British Columbia Human Capital Conference on 22 November 2012 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver. Reuniting Thinking with Doing: Igniting the Innate Passion of Adolescence for Personal Engagement from Responsible Subversives   It is a pleasure to be with you.   Although I […]

Deschooling our Humanity

Everywhere not only education but also society as a whole needs “deschooling.”

Citizen of the World

March 12, 2010

By using the life story of Peter Puget to illustrate the relationship of prepubescent learning to the nature of the adolescent brain, I may have lost interest of those readers with no affinity with the Pacific Northwest.

“Look to the Rock from which you were hewn…”

October 27, 2009

It wasn’t Michelangelo who said that – although it might have been for he was always at pains to select the particular block of stone which would best enable him to draw out of its structure that which he had in his mind’s eye to sculpt – it was the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 51) who […]

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