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A wish for Christmas

December 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

My wish for Christmas is a very big wish: that we can educate people to the point that they can feel confident dealing with ambiguity, that they are confident dealing with other people’s arguments and don’t get so het up about it that no one is going to take any notice of them. So it is looking for people who are big enough to handle the complex world which is coming towards us.

Here’s John’s wish for Christmas in a short podcast. It possible best summed up by the quote above. Below are links to related articles.

Happy Christmas!

listen to ‘A wish for Christmas’ on Audioboo

Related links:

  • Atheists are better for politics than believers. Here’s why
  • No small matter


How far have we come in 2012?

December 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

I asked John Abbott about our year at the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Lots of changes, as you have seen. We also unearthed this wonderful video, made for Education 2000  – the precursor to the initiative.

listen to ‘How far have we come in 2012?’ on Audioboo

This video was created after a CBI conference that John addressed 25 years ago. Ironically, that speech covered the same ground as this year’s CBI conference (more on that in last week’s post). So, we have come a long way in a year but not a long way when it comes to the more fundamental, and more profound, big issues.

Escaping the exam factory

December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Some 25 years ago John Abbott addressed the Confederation of British Industry conference on why learning is so much more than just schooling. This year’s CBI conference touched on the same topic.

Here is coverage of this year’s conference by the Guardian’s Peter Walker: Business leaders criticise slipping standards of ‘exam factory’ schools

And here is John’s speech to the CBI conference in 1987: The CBI Speech

Related to this is John recent speech in Vancouver to the business community – the equivalent of the CBI: Conference Keynote: Into the Future; Knowledge Transfer, and Cultural Norms

Listen to John’s reflections on the education conveyor belt:

listen to ‘Escaping the exam factory’ on Audioboo