I was having a conversation recently about why schools are still largely stuck in an industrial model. It prompted me to look for a book that I haven’t visited in a while but has been seminal in my thinking. ‘Education in the cult of efficiency’ by Raymond E. Callahan may have been published in 1962 … More Education and the cult of efficiency
Pam Betts is the Executive Director of Catholic Education in Brisbane, Queensland. In the latest bluyonder voices podcast, Pam shares why teaching was always in her DNA and why every student needs the opportunity to be the best they can be.
Two days after news came through of the death of esteemed physicist and author Stephen Hawking, I presented the Australian Scholarship Group’s National Excellence in Teaching Awards. Hawking’s passing last week affected me deeply and I posted a tweet that his death was a tremor in the force. It wasn’t about the answers, it was … More Stephen Hawking – one of the great teachers
I spent time revisiting some old podcasts. One of those was Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talks in 2006 and 2010. It was particularly striking that he spoke about traditional schooling ‘dislocating people’ from their natural talents. The solution? Create the circumstances for natural talents to flourish by transforming schools into something else. The message is … More If schools kill creativity then why haven’t we transformed?
I’ve written before about the improvement delusion that exists in education and why our relentless focus on improving the current model is not taking us anywhere. That model was designed in an age where information was static, schools were insular and technology companies produced technology. We know that information is no longer static, schools are … More What schools can learn from Apple
Michael Fullan is a name synonymous with leading whole of state/province educational reform. He started out as an academic and has become a prodigious writer and adviser to educational systems and governments around the world. In this episode of bluyonder voices, Michael explains why he loves solving complex educational problems and why the best learning … More Bluyonder voices podcast #7 – solving complex educational problems
I’m probably not the first to point out that the media loves to celebrate schools as much as they love to criticise them. Newspapers often begin the year with the positive back to school stories followed quickly by headlines that claim suspensions are on the increase or students are failing. It’s easy to see why … More Forget PISA: what should be making headlines