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Learning Species

The Messiness of Human Learning

The start of 2001 was a time of excitement. Personally I had started to feel confident that, after the traumas of 1999 the initiative was building a firm base on which to push these ideas across the UK, and maybe elsewhere.

Facing an Inconvenient Truth and Doing something about it

If not since the beginning of time, at least over the past half dozen millennia, older generations concerned about the future wellbeing of their societies have pondered the question (and  the mystery) of how  young people learn. So profound was Confucius’ observation two and a half thousand years ago; “tell me and I forget, show […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?

Can the Learning Species fit into schools?

If we humans are the planet’s pre-eminent learning species surely none but the most obdurate of young people should readily accept the benign conditions of the classroom?

Policy Paper

The Initiative’s Policy Paper from November 1998 is the most detailed description of our work and is necessary reading for anyone interested the ideas and research accumulated by the Initiative. The document is available as a PDF file.

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