“Education is what remains after you have forgotten everything you ever learnt in school”, claimed Mark Twain. We don’t remember, at least I don’t, the content of what we learnt all those years ago, but what we do use every day (quite literally for our survival) is just how to learn. That was the vital […]
This Paper has been written in response to an increasing concern that formal education, especially at the secondary level, is failing to meet the needs and expectations of young people for an appropriate induction into adult life and responsibilities.
Wesley College Institute (Melbourne) Advisory Committee 27th May 2006 Presentation by John Abbott, President The 21st Century Learning Initiative (U.K. and International) Currently in a Partnership with Wesley College to explore new thinking and directions for schooling during the Adolescent years The Challenge of Synthesis; Making sense of Research Across the biological and […]
A personal reflection on the Conference held at Harrison Hot Springs Resort on March 7th and 8th 2006 to consider “Promoting a learning Community in British Columbia”, sponsored by the Canadian Council on Learning. Available in both English and French.
If young people are to be equipped effectively to meet the challenges of the 21st century it is surely prudent to seek out the very best understandings from current scientific research into the nature of how humans learn before considering further reform of the current system.
This article by John Abbott and Terence Ryan appeared in the Spring, 1999 issue of Education Canada.
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.
Communities have done young people a grave disservice by separating the world of learning from the world of work
Contrary to many a childhood memory, learning is not an alien activity which has to be imposed on humans; rather it is a set of instincts and predispositions as fundamental to the human condition as sex or survival.
Fascinating, and Gerald Edelman’s first reference to Neural Darwinism
Our first publication, see enthusiastic review from the Sunday Telegraph
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