The Reflective Teacher as Reflective Learner

The teacher has a place of honour in human history; there is an inherent nobility in teaching that persists even today when perhaps the teacher’s true worth is not adequately acknowledged by some parts of modern society. The core purpose of teaching, at least in the Western democracies, should be to produce free and creative citizens capable of balancing the desire for personal independence with a recognition of […]

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I Am Learner

I am learner. Just as no one can see the colours I see, just as no one can hear the music I hear, just as no one can feel what I feel when I hold something in my hand, and just as no one can sense the world as I perceive it around me, no […]

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Human Capacity

Education is a universal. It is a truism to say that, in every age throughout human history, in every society, every nation, every tribe, every empire, we have sought to pass to each succeeding generation the skills, the knowledge and the ideology deemed necessary for survival and progress. However, while education has been a universal, […]

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Illich & Convivial Education

Ivan Illich used the phrase Tools for Conviviality as the title of one of his books. It is a powerful book with a trenchant set of messages, messages I have found myself agreeing with in the round but feeling very uncomfortable with in much of the detail – in other words, his core sentiment and […]

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Education Fast Forward: from learner voice to emerging leaders

Almost everyone involved in education agrees that leadership is important. That, however, is where agreement ends and debate begins. Beyond that point, we cross a turbulent landscape where competing definitions of leadership abound, where the very nature of leadership is the stuff of argument, where conflicting philosophies of education each generate their own understanding of […]

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I Am Malala

…the most recent figures published by UNESCO in their Global Monitoring Report show that 61 million children don’t receive an education. A further 200 million remain illiterate despite attending school. Equality of opportunity remains a hollow dream. The petition in support of Malala Yousafzai has now attracted almost 1 million signatures worldwide. As Gordon Brown […]

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I Am Learner

I am learner. Just as no one can see the colours I see, just as no one can hear the music I hear, just as no one can feel what I feel when I hold something in my hand, and just as no one can sense the world as I perceive it around me, no […]

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