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FREE eBOOK! How Schools Un-educate Children… And What We Can Do About It

December 24, 2013

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How schools un-educate children

The relentless focus in schools on academic achievement in its most narrow sense, means that the development of vital skills and attributes for learning and life are being sidelined. Over their time in school, most students will fail to make any significant progress in developing the skills of problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and communication; the very skills and attributes they need to thrive in the 21st century.

And what we can do about it

What is needed is a new approach to education, where learning has a real purpose, audience and outcome; where students have more choice over what and how they learn, and where developing skills is as important as developing knowledge. This book makes a powerful and practical case that project-based learning is one of the best ways to achieve this.

The author, Pete Pattisson, has been involved in education for 18 years, including seven years as a teacher in London. He is a specialist in Citizenship education and project-based learning. He was a Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools & Academy Trust, the National Subject Lead for Citizenship and is a widely respected speaker and trainer.

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  1. February 5, 2013 9:24 am

    The ideas that you speak of (caring relationships, desire of human meaning, and the power of mastery) have extremely relevant and beneficial implications for English language learners. These students are taking linguistic risks on a daily basis and would benefit greatly from the encouragement and caring that the teacher can provide. What is also important is to respect these individuals backgrounds and attempt to utilize or bring in their “cultural funds of knowledge” (Moll 1992) into the classroom curriculum. Cultural funds of knowledge can be thought of has the historical and cultural bodies of knowledge or skills that students and their families have. Rather than seeing cultural differences within the classroom as obstacles, the research done by Moll (1992) encourages teachers of diverse learners to see cultural differences as funds and become “brokers” of these funds of knowledge. Using cultural funds of knowledge can be a perfect platform for project based learning and social emotional learning as well. Research about teaching with cultural funds of knowledge suggests that students will feel their cultural identity is appreciated and be more apt to participate in achieving academic goals. As you have said, students are navigating a changing world and we do must alter our mindsets as teachers to serve them intentionally and proactively.

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