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‘If I can see it I can do it’

Growth mindset in an education context   ‘If I can see it, then I can do it If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it I believe I can fly I believe I can touch the sky I think about it every night and day (Night and day) Spread my wings and fly away... read more

“Schools as we know them are obsolete”

“Schools as we know them are obsolete”, so says Proffessor Sugata Mitra. Prof. Mitra has as a clear view of the education system, he says the education system is not ‘broken’ it’s ‘outdated’.

He continues, that schools are part of an education system designed by the Victorians to be a production line for recruits for The British Empire’s bureaucratic system.

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Imagine you are the new Minister for Education The RSA

Imagine you are the new Minister for Education, so saysThe RSA in their new report on education reform.

I should declare a vested interest here as I am a Fellow The RSA and I fully support their mission.

In this paper they throw their ‘hat into the ring’ of education reform.

They set out a programme to create innovative teacher leaders to lead education reform from inside the system.

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‘Another brick in the wall’

Wouldn’t this be an easier way to educate people?

You may think it’s impossible, but I would say to you that with even current technology, let alone what will happen shortly, we could do this now.

It is easy to imagine how core subjects could be related to personal learning styles and subjects, and more importantly, goals.

Assessments could be in many different formats from models to tools, video presentations written pieces or even the effect that the piece of work has on other people.

If we can put a man on the moon surely, it’s not difficult to do this?

I’m going to write to him and send him the lyrics of the song and see if he thinks that it sums up the situation; I do.

‘All in all you’re just another brick in the wall’.

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Lessons from Finland kill 99% of GERMS

‘Lessons from Finland kill 99% of GERMS’, what a brilliant headline to this piece by Pasi Sahlberg a Finnish education innovator and commentator.

What he is referring to in GERMS is the acronym for The Global Education Reform Movement.

In a brutal but fair summary of the changes and policies, other countries have adopted he surmises they would have all been better off using the Finnish system and avoiding GERMS. But here I think we need to differentiate between government and centralised change and the external ideas and concepts.

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Debate on the education revolution

The Education Revolution – The Economist

This is a very interesting discussion sponsored by The Economist and Arizona State University, if you are interested in the subject of how eduation needs to change and what effect technology will, and is having. The Economist

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The Education Revolution

What does it mean to ‘Hack’ education.’

This a great post by Robert Morris relating to the education revolution, as I have described it, called ‘What does it mean to ‘Hack’ education.’

He has formed a group called Free School Hackers, and he explains that you have to get past the negative connotations of the word ‘Hack.’

His group is typical of what Steve Jobs and Apple called the ‘the crazy ones’ that I am happy to belong to, ‘those who are brave enough to try to change the world’ Steve Jobs.

If you haven’t seen that video you should watch it right now, it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! Here is a link, Steve Jobs internal meeting Apple 1997.

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