Wired Magazine: Standardisation broke education. Here's how we can fix our schools

I was delighted to write this short piece for Wired UK, and hope you find it useful

 

Standardisation broke education. Here's how we can fix our schools

"The movement towards personalisation is already advancing in medicine. We must move quickly in that direction in education, too"

We are all born with fathomless capacities, but what we make of them has everything to do with education. One role of education is to help people develop their natural talents and abilities; the other is to help them make their way in the world around them. Too often, education falls short on both counts. As we face an increasingly febrile future, it’s vital to do better. For that to happen, education has to be urgently transformed. We have the resources and the expertise, but now we need the vision and commitment.

In my book, You, Your Child and School, I make a distinction between learning, education and school. Learning is acquiring new skills and understanding; education is an organised system of learning; a school is a community of learners. All children love to learn, but many have a hard time with education and some have big problems with school.

Usually, the problem is not the learners – it’s the inherent bias of education and the enforced culture of schools. For generations, formal education has been systematically biased towards narrow forms of academic ability. The result is that it largely disregards the marvellous diversity of human talents and interests.

For the past generation especially, politicians have been smothering schools in a depressing culture of standardisation. As a result, they have been marginalising the very capabilities our children need to create a more equitable and sustainable world – by which I mean creativity, compassion citizenship and collaboration...

 

Please continue to read the full article on the Wired UK website.


Movie: In Search of Greatness

If you haven’t seen it yet - take a look at In Search of Greatness from . The unbeatable power of creativity and passion at the heart of sport.

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Ireland AM

Brilliant to be in Dublin, and to appear on Ireland AM. You can view my interview by following this link.

 

About Ireland AM

Irish viewers have been waking up to Ireland AM since September 1999.

Ireland AM offers a morning-mix of current affairs, human interest stories , celebrity interviews, fashion, health, beauty and all other aspects of Irish lifestyle.

Ireland AM's presenters include Mark Cagney , Sinéad Desmond , Alan Hughes , Aidan Cooney and Ciara Doherty.

Ireland AM airs daily from 7am -10:30am.

The programme has enjoyed phenomenal growth and popularity as Ireland's first television breakfast show and is now firmly established as a favourite with families throughout the country.


'You don't want a caste system for creativity' - campaignlive.co.uk

"We don’t want a caste system for creativity." Enjoyed talking with Kate Magee for this article in Campaign magazine.

Click here to view article.

 


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Now playing on #Netflix Finding Your Element with Sir Ken Robinson (2013)

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