This short monograph was written by Neil Richards, a Trustee of the 21st Century Learning Initiative in response to the publication of Tony Little’s book, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education.
Battling for the Soul of Education
Moving beyond school reform to educational transformation:
The findings and recommendations of 3 decades of synthesis
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Bronowski’s (1973) ability to create a synthesis across multiple disciplines was the stimulant to Education 2000’s work
Children grow, both physically and mentally, at different rates; many a child rated as bright or dull has confounded the experts not only in later life but even within a few years, or even months. What all children need is to have their intellectual curiosity so fired up that they will go on learning long […]
The “Janet and John”1 nuclear family of the post-war years was quickly overtaken by those who were born in the Great War2, schooled during the slump, conscripted in the Second World War, and rationed for years afterwards. They would not willingly forego the security and comforts now within their grasp, in the hope of some […]
Under pressure teachers may make things too easy for their pupils by relieving them of the necessity of finding things out for themselves. By dint of brilliant teaching they succeed in almost eliminating the learning process, so that pupils come to depend on the teacher, not on themselves. The more accomplished such teachers are in […]
[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 most complete statement of the Initiative’s ideas
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