I was interested to read a recent report that Singapore schools will ease their focus on exam results in order to foster teacher/student innovation and creativity. Singapore’s authorities have recognised that blitzing school exams may reflect a good technical understanding but it doesn’t guarantee a creative or innovative mindset – a key ingredient in the knowledge economy. Although Singapore has been at the top … More The evolution of schooling
I’ve worked in education for more than three decades and the brilliance of children never ceases to amaze. When you have a conversation with a young person you realise how curious and switched on they are about the world around them. Perhaps one of the reasons why young people are so creatively minded is because they … More Today’s learners are stellar
We’ve just survived two weeks of a media and political storm over the release of TIMSS and PISA results. We’ve heard loud and clear that Australia is falling behind OECD nations like Singapore, Finland and Estonia in reading, maths and science. We also know that we need to lift our game when it comes to … More What schools are getting right
Last week it was TIMSS. This week it’s PISA. Report cards on the performance of education systems are everywhere right now. The PISA results released today (PISA is the Program for International Assessment) tell as similar story to the TIMSS report last week: that Australian students are not performing as well as hoped for in … More Should international league tables drive education policy?
For more than a century the requirements of the workforce/economy have influenced what has been taught in schools. In the industrial age, skills like efficiency and conformity were highly valued. What developed was a model of schooling that endeavoured to impart these skills through the curriculum. Even today, the requirements of a 21st century workforce seem to dominate educational … More What are schools preparing learners for?
It is astounding to think that nearly every week there is an education conference happening somewhere covering all aspects of schooling. Many of these have become big business but regardless of size or popularity, most conferences aim to facilitate learning. We attend conferences to acquire new knowledge or skills with the intent of learning and improving our work. Learning is … More Learning to Unlearn
This year, I’ve had the privilege of being able to speak at education conferences both here in Australia and abroad. These experiences give me the opportunity to share with other passionate educators my ideas about schools and learning. There are so many people thinking differently about learning. I come away from these events excited and … More The ‘how’ agenda