The end of efficiency

The industrial model of schooling is characterised by its efficiency of processing children through the system en masse.  That is why the model has been easy to replicate over the decades and why its processes and structures still dominate today.  We have come to rely (almost blindly) on its efficiency at the expense of effectiveness … More The end of efficiency

The evolution of schooling

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

The innovator’s mindset

Our system has always welcomed the opportunity to engage with leading Canadian educator George Couros.  For me, George not only understands the theory but he is intensely practical – he knows how to empower teachers and learners.  George’s book The Innovator’s Mindset was recently published and I am grateful for his guest blogpost on why an innovator’s mindset will … More The innovator’s mindset

Rebooting innovation

In 1979, Sony produced the first portable cassette device – the Walkman.  It was a game changer for consumers and the music industry. Sony ended up selling 200 million devices worldwide.  Long before Apple or even Google established themselves as innovators, there was Japan. The BBC recently had an interesting article on how Japan is trying to ‘reboot innovation’.  In … More Rebooting innovation

Innovation as the norm

I made the following observation on New Year’s Day. My hope for 2015. Less conservatism in teaching profession more innovative practices. Learning together for our future — Greg Whitby (@gregwhitby) January 1, 2015 I think if we are going to do better we desperately need teachers to be prepared to challenge not only what they … More Innovation as the norm