12.42pm Peter Radford

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12.42pm Peter Radford

Post by colin.hill » Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:49 pm

Presentation Title:
The Aims of Education and why re-thinking these matters now more than ever
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The aims of education are far from obvious, even though they are often assumed to be so. They have changed over the years, reflecting the prevailing ideologies and priorities of the time. These aims, whether explicit or implicit, inevitably determine the shape education takes and its resultant adequacy or inadequacy in meeting the needs of individuals and society. Currently, our education system is creaking, in large part because it is the product of the aims and ideals of an age that has now passed. We will not adequately craft an education fit for the 21st century unless we first re-visit and re-think what we are trying to achieve. This session will address this question as well as suggesting some possible answers and a route map for helping leaders and teachers do the same.

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Re: 12.42pm Peter Radford

Post by peter.radford » Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:56 pm

Well worth reading Claxton and Lucas 'What kind of teaching for what kind of learning' on this. See attached.
Claxton-and-Lucas-What-kind-of-teaching-chapter-1.pdf
Also the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 29: https://www.unicef-irc.org/portfolios/g ... n.doc.html

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting School Award is a brilliant way to begin the journey towards an outcome focussed education with the rights of the child at the heart of everything. see https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/

Contact me via www.beyondthis.co.uk for speaking, training, keynotes and leadership consultancy.
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Re: 12.42pm Peter Radford

Post by JJagiello11 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:20 pm

Is the answer of the UK government to our generational D.R.E.A.M. of being an outstanding global citizen - Brexit? Food for thought!

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Re: 12.42pm Peter Radford

Post by peter.radford » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:37 pm

I think the UK government considers that education is basically to keep people in their place, minimise disruption to the status quo and keep the economy going. There is perhaps some vision for STEM subjects in order to drive technological development and make sure we don't lag behind the rest of the world. But I can't see any vision for education that truly embraces everyone and recognises the power of education to transform society. The vested interests in maintaining the status quo are too great.

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