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.


Podcast: Wisdom On The Intersection Of Education, Leadership, And The Environment

The two climate crises. I enjoyed this conversation with on Education, Leadership and the Environment. Hope you do.

Please listen to the interview here

 

"As a professor of leadership, host of this podcast, and constant student of acting by my environmental values, I live and work in the intersection of leadership, education, and the environment.

Ken Robinson does too, but with a big difference: he's been here for decades longer, actively practicing in each. This episode approaches each of education, leadership, and the environment from several perspectives.

I can't say anything better than his voice carries the wisdom and vitality of someone who has worked here for longer and with greater passion than maybe anyone I've met and I'm in this world.

I'll keep this writing brief. Let's listen to Ken Robinson.

One last caveat: our schedules meant recording by phone, meaning the audio quality isn't like being in a studio, but I believe you'll find Ken's message transcends the medium and hope you listen for what he says, not the equipment.

Show Notes :

Here is the Robert Ardrey quote from the 1961 book African Genesis that Ken said at the end:

But we were born of risen apes, not fallen angels, and the apes were armed killers besides. And so what shall we wonder at? Our murders and massacres and missiles, and our irreconcilable regiments? Or our treaties whatever they may be worth; our symphonies however seldom they may be played; our peaceful acres, however frequently they may be converted into battlefields; our dreams however rarely they may be accomplished. The miracle of man is not how far he has sunk but how magnificently he has risen. We are known among the stars by our poems, not our corpses."


How Education Has Changed My Life - #EducationStorytelling

VIDEO: How Education Has Changed My Life - #EducationStorytelling

I'm delighted to share with you my education story for Yidan, and encourage you to share yours.

https://youtu.be/Mk1aY_dC7nY

 

For more information, please follow: https://yidanprize.org/educationstory.

About #EducationStorytelling
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This year, the Yidan Prize (www.yidanprize.org) has launched its first #EducationStorytelling campaign, in which thought leaders and educators from all over the world are invited to submit short videos, highlighting their education journey – aiming to inspire others and promote life-long learning.

The #EducationStorytelling campaign was launched on 6 November 2018 by the Yidan Prize founder, Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, through official Yidan Prize social media accounts. Dr CHEN shared his education story in a short video and invited two other thought leaders to join him in telling their stories. They were Ms Julia GILLARD and Mr Jimmy CARTER.

In the second stage of the campaign, the Yidan Prize Foundation’s digital team reached out to selected education thought leaders from around the world, inviting them to join the campaign and share their stories. Each nominee passed the baton on to two others and now we are thrilled to see that the general public has also joined the campaign.


IrelandAM

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.


Finding Market Pressures To Innovate Education

"School, in a more narrow but important sense, is a community of learners, because we do learn with and from each other... The thing is, we've come to associate schools with particular types of institutions which have developed over the past couple of hundred years."

Really enjoyed talking to Rod Berger for Forbes recently, you can read the full interview here.