Tag Archives: 21st century education

The principal task of childhood

According to Robert Sylwester, “The principal task of childhood is to discover how the world works. The world of 21st-century children is far more complex than that of their forebears: It now encompasses parallel natural and electronic environments and the … Continue reading

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On moving from underestimating children towards trustful parenting and voluntary education

“I doubt there has ever been a human culture, anywhere, at any time, that underestimates children’s abilities more than we North Americans do today. Our underestimation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, because by depriving children of freedom, we deprive them of … Continue reading

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Peter Gray on free play vs resume building in childhood

Peter Gray writes: “Children are designed, by nature, to play and explore on their own, independently of adults. They need freedom in order to develop; without it they suffer. The drive to play freely is a basic, biological drive. Lack … Continue reading

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Raising standards is no good if they’re the wrong standards

In Ken Robinson’s Out of Our Minds, he considers the role of creativity – and how we might foster it. Robinson makes the following points and asks the following questions: “New forms of work rely increasingly on high levels of … Continue reading

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“Why the school has been a largely unsatisfactory institution”

“If we want to improve our schools, it is with the abstract and awkward realm of ideas that we must begin.” ~ Kieran Egan (p.x) “Beginning with ‘the abstract and awkward realm of ideas’ might not sound so bad” Egan … Continue reading

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Education, citizenship, knowledge economies and ‘The Disappearance of Adulthood’

I quite enjoyed this article… there were parts of it I wanted to question him further on, but lots of it that just made a pile of sense… these are those bits: Lawrence Quill writes: “In 1982, Neil Postman wrote The … Continue reading

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Great videos on 21st Century Education

I just had to go looking for these videos again (love them!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahTKdEUAPk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax5cNlutAys also cool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC7ANGMy0yo&feature=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU&feature=related

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