Professional Reading

22 Oct

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Some excerpts from Guy Claxton’s What’s the Point of School? Rediscovering the Heart of Education, 2008.

This week I have been catching up on some reading. Here is a summary.

“The purpose of education is to prepare young people for the future. Schools should be helping young people to develop the capacities they will need to thrive. What they need, and want, is the confidence to talk to strangers, to try things out, to handle tricky situations, to stand up for themselves, to ask for help, to think new thoughts. That is not too much to ask – it is every young person’s basic educational entitlement. But they are not getting it. There is no evidence that being able to solve simultaneous equations, or discuss the plot of Hamlet, equips young people to deal with life. We have lazily assumed that, somehow, it must do, but research shows that even successful students are often left timid and unsettled when they step outside the narrow comfort zones of their academic success. We agonize about the content of the syllabus, and the dumbing down of examinations, yet the core failure of education to prepare young people for their complex and uncertain future passes, year after year, almost without comment…

Instead of developing appreciation and curiosity, the demand for ‘coverage’ often results, in practice, in ‘teaching by mentioning’. What pupils instinctively know is that the content itself is less important than what you do with the content. You can make learning history or maths a dull, tedious slog; or you can make it a vehicle for stretching students’ powers of analysis, empathy and collaboration…

“What matters is not the facts but how you discover and think about them: education in the true sense, is very different from today’s assessment-mad exam culture.” (Richard Dawkins)

Much of what has passed for ‘good teaching’, though it may get the results, does so by creating young people who are docile, uncritical, unimaginative and dependent. Good teaching for the learning age is very different from ‘effective spoon feeding’…

Many academic authorities have revived, and are quoting with approval, the great Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget’s definition of intelligence. He thought of intelligence as ‘knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do’. In other words, the essence of intelligence isn’t what you can do easily and fast. It is how you respond when the going gets tough. Do you have strategies and capabilities you can fall back on – or do you go to pieces?…”

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