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It’s your world to shape, not just to to take

May 10, 2013 in test, Uncategorized

It’s your world to shape from Responsible Subversives

John Abbott recently returned from a whistle-stop lecture tour of British Columbia where he shared the thinking of the initiative. A part of the trip involved sharing his thinking with students, which is why he entitled his slides, It’s your world to shape not just to to take.

That was the essence of what he said to everyone he spoke to – students, parents, teachers, politicians.  People warmed to the topic. Young people have to do something about the world they live in.

As John says, ‘If we really want youngsters to produce the world of the future then we have to recognise that they are already criticising deep down what we are doing. They want to be involved in working things out from the very beginning.’

The message is clear: we need a better form of pedagogy to get our youngsters up and running to shape our future world.

In this week’s podcast John shares some of his experiences from his trip.

Listen to the podcast:

listen to ‘It’s your world to shape, not just to to take’ on Audioboo

The slides are are also available here.

Where does understanding fit into the curriculum

May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

In this week’s podcast, the 21st Century Learning Initiative’s Janet Lawley concludes her look at the curriculum.

Janet says that understanding brings us to learning, which brings us to what education is all about. Schools major on knowledge and skills but they do not always lead to understanding.

Learning is what education is – or should be – all about. Learning is about looking at where what children are discovering sits with everything else they know.

Listen to the podcast:

listen to ‘Reconsidering the curriculum #3: understanding’ on Audioboo

Related reading:

  • Teaching for Understanding
  • Review: The Educated Mind