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OverSchooled but UnderEducated

The Born to Learn Animations

Profound truths are often so unsettling that people lose themselves in lengthy explanations that ultimately confuse, rather than clarify.   This is a very human trait which starts as the youngest children begin to form straightforward explanations as to how they see ideas fitting together. But unless they replace such earlier ‘naive’ explanations as they […]

“This Remarkable Work”; an Appreciation by Sir Gustav Nossal

This personal endorsement was received in September 2008. I first met Sir Gus Nossal in Melbourne, Australia, when addressing the Wesley College Trustees. Download the PDF here: This Remarkable Work; an Appreciation by Sir Gustav Nossal

Foundational Thoughts

“At present there are differences of opinion….for all peoples do not agree as to the things that the young ought to learn, either with a view to virtue or with a view to the best life, nor is it clear whether their studies should be regulated with regard to intellect or with regard to character.” […]

Propelled into Troubled Waters

A Recap: Where we are now.  During the first five or six years of this century the Initiative had put enormous energies into delivering lectures and training programmes in response to numerous invitations in England from local education authorities; from the Canadian Council on Learning, and comparable groups in other countries.  In England (the home […]

No small matter

The spectacular rise in standards of living in recent years within the English-speaking nations, especially amongst the English themselves, has created an extraordinary paradox. The busier and wealthier we have become the less time we seem to have for each other. This has created a crisis in how we educate our young people. It is […]

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’.

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.

Overschooled but Undereducated: Preparing for Turbulent Times

Presentation to high School students in Gulf Islands and other school districts

Selected reviews of Overschooled but Undereducated external-link

Reviews of John Abbott and Heather McTaggart’s book Overschooled but Undereducated can be viewed here.

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