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August 13, 2009

Overschooled but Undereducated The tranquillity of the summer holidays is soon to be broken as the media indulges in its annual analysis (orgy?) of examination results.  Each will stone their favourite victim with a welter of statistics.  Even those who have made the grade will still face sceptical employers who ask a job seeker “okay, […]

“Teachers Matter”: Half the Story

Quality teaching involves subject expertise, and knowledge of child development A most helpful Report has just been published by the Think Tank Politeia about teacher recruitment, employment and retention.  The Report is edited by Sheila Lawlor the Director of Politeia, with additional comments from Professors Burghes of Plymouth and Howson of the Education Data Surveys, […]

Stories from Alberta

  My travels have taken me to unusual places, and inevitably I meet audiences of many different kinds.  The people of Northern Alberta, living in an area the size of Florida, and now known as the Athabasca Oil Sands, were one of these highly distinctive groups that I spent time with in March.  They are […]

Pre-packaged Food, and Pre-packaged Learning

Yesterday was busy.  It was late, and I was tired as I arrived at Paddington some 7 or 8 minutes before my train left. Noting that there was to be a ‘travelling chef’ on the train I decided against buying sandwiches at the station, and take my chance with the buffet.  The only hot food left was […]

Adolescence; a critical Evolutionary Adaptation

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.

The Challenge of Synthesis; Making sense of Research Across the Biological and Social Sciences

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 […]

Overschooled and Undereducated: Getting the Balance Right

Good evening. It is both an honour and a pleasure to be invited to give this lecture. I do so with some trepidation. I know I am easily carried away with my enthusiasm! Some years ago my wife and I were on a Sunday afternoon walk with our three sons. Our youngest, Tom, who was […]

Integrating ICT and Education in Israel for the Third Millennium

Introduction Nine years ago the Israeli Ministry of Education reached two basic conclusions concerning the role of ICT (Information and Computer Technology) in education: ICT will be the medium of education in the foreseeable future, and will change many aspects of the education system as we have known it in the twentieth century. ICT should […]

Teachers in Technology Initiative

Supported by the University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation. This document was submitted to the Initiative by Jane Carlson-Pickering (November 1999). The signs are all there, and the picture is becoming clearer. Children are engaged in learning; Teachers, old and new, are excited about learning new ways to reach their students. What […]

Children need Communities; Communities need Children

Communities have done young people a grave disservice by separating the world of learning from the world of work

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