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How Schools Thwart Passions

The pursuit of passions requires time for play and self-directed education. Follow your passions. That’s what almost every commencement speaker says to the new graduates. It’s almost cruel. If all you’ve been doing is school and school-like stuff, how do … Continue reading

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Encouragement from Teachers has greatest influence on less advantaged Children

‘The relationships teachers develop with students are real engines for social mobility. Big data’ study finds that children from families with limited education have the strongest long-term response to teacher encouragement, and are more likely to progress to the university … Continue reading

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What Are the Proper Purposes of a System of Schooling?

The people who started the first widespread systems of compulsory schooling—the systems that still provide the model for our schools today—had a very clear idea of the purpose. These people were Protestant clergymen, in Europe and the American colonies, at … Continue reading

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What Are the Proper Purposes of a System of Schooling?

Before one develops anything, one should have a pretty clear idea of its purpose. What is the thing you are building supposed to do? It makes no sense to talk about the structure of something without having in mind, first, … Continue reading

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La crisis de la educación del pensar calculante

El problema es que la educación está prisionera de una visión reductiva, pragmática, y de lo que algún filósofo llamó el pensar calculante; es decir, todo tiene que traducirse en cifras, en ranking y resultados y eso se ha ido … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom

“We are asking students to change a belief system without changing the situation around them,” he said. It can be irresponsible and unfair to talk about grit without talking about structural challenges, he said, referring to the recent interest in … Continue reading

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Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education. His talk, ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’, is the most viewed in the history of TED and has been seen by millions of people all over the world. In … Continue reading

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Happiness and Children

It is a mistake to expect children to be happy, worse still to insist on it. Childhood is navigated via rage and disappointment as much as by joy and pleasure, often in quick succession. Nevertheless, a five-year-old knows about as … Continue reading

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Thinking in Education

In “Thinking in Education”, Matthew Lipman views the concept of “schooling without thinking” as completely contrary to everything education should be. It destroys creativity and the natural impulse to learn by constricting the young child. To illustrate his point, the … Continue reading

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From Student Engagement to Student-driven Learning

What happens when you have the courage to ask your students what engages them? A veteran educator shares 10 insights. A while back, I was asked, “What engages students?” Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to … Continue reading

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