What’s the future for learning?

I read an interesting article recently, by Sean Hampton-Cole, which you can also see by clicking on the image below. In it the writer discusses the current limitations of the traditional educational approach and offers some suggestions as to how we might improve the way our students develop.

We are ‘trapped’ to a large degree into doing what we have always done, in classrooms that someone two generations older would still recognise and with the same narrow goals of passing exams.

Is that really all we can do? Are the mainly Victorian values still relevant today? Please read the article and consider which of the points made you feel are a) most important, b) most possible to implement and c) not useful in your opinion.

Newbury Hall Future

3 thoughts on “What’s the future for learning?

  1. Absolutely Jon. The danger of this ultra humanistic approach is that it easily collapses into the kind of subjectivism that says, well, anyone’s opinion is as good as anyone else’s, so why bother arguing? The challenge of introducing and maintaining the desired rigour and energy without high levels of supervision and constant measurement is massive. As you say, everyone would have to believe in it and keep on believing, even during the inevitable setbacks.

  2. That is a good question James.
    Not just the parents of course – do the teachers and indeed, do the students?
    The challenges here are not easy or short term, but I believe they are worthwhile pursuing.

  3. I love this, and it is 90% true, although turning an idea into a school is another matter. If the will is there it can be done. (I think the MYC and IMYP go some way to addressing this). The take away bullet point out of all he says, for me, is this “We do need to see grades and means and averages. We do not need to see pass and fail rates.”

    And the big question is, do the parents believe it?

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