Here’s a sample of thinkers in education who offer interesting insights. The list is not exhaustive and there are some obvious candidates who aren’t on the list. How does it compare to yours?
If you were to ask a sample of young people what they thought an entrepreneur was, where would they go for their answer? Most likely one of two places, both television programmes .The Apprentice or maybe Dragons Den.
That’s a lot of telly – over 230 episodes – devoted to fostering business ‘talent’. At least it would be if that was what the programmes were about. Neither programme is really about delivering talent. They are more about delivering audiences. And for young viewers that’s a problem.
The concept of Growth Mindset has caught like wildfire in UK Schools but is it an idea which is worth pursuing? Surely it’s over-simplistic? Where should we look to go beyond sticking up posters, giving assemblies about courage in the face of adversity and uttering worthy entreaties to pupils to try harder? Here’s some practical advice.
To radically transform our education system for the better we should think again about how we assess and recognise the performance of our pupils. It’s the big idea no-one seems willing to deal with. Our current methods are narrow and archaic, at odds with what we know about learning, and in denial of the real worth of technology. Arguing endlessly about life after levels is tinkering. Tinkering, endemic in our approach to educational change, deflects from any radical change.
In May of this year Education Secretary Nicky Morgan invested more than £500,000 in a schools project which, despite the best intentions, is doomed to fail. It will fail not because of the partners who are involved, the monies being spent or the schools selected but because you cannot ‘do’ character as an after school-club, a series of motivational speakers or as a team sport.