Education Forward: Moving Schools into the Future

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Too often, we think of school as a fixed-rail path we all have to follow: teachers teach, students learn, exams are taken, futures set. That's how it's been since the introduction of compulsory schooling in the 19th century. 

But parents, teachers and corporations around the world are now voicing their dissatisfaction with education systems that are no longer fit for purpose. Too many of our young people are not being adequately prepared for the unprecedented challenges they will face in a world that is changing as rapidly as ours is. We should be preparing them for the test of life, not a life of tests.

 

A group of distinctive voices – working in education and beyond – has produced a collection of essays that presents a call to action, a positive way forward, and a programme of change. Education Forward challenges us all to find another story for the future of schools.  

 

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This is a must read for all people involved in education. It is a very empassioned collection of essays from various great minds that challenges parents, school communities and governments to be accountable for properly preparing students to be able to have an education worth having in the modern world. It offers critical observations regarding what we aren't doing and some of the major problems facing schooling today (including wellbeing issues regarding standardised testing) and offers solutions regarding what needs to change based on what we can see has worked in different schools that have the freedom to experiment outside the system. It's not too preachy, it's balanced, thoughtful and practical and relevant to all different types of schools across the globe. As a new teacher I found this very insightful and relevant to me, but it's relevant reading for executive leadership, parents and even students themselves.  

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Contents

Introduction
Moving the Curriculum Forward
Awakening AdventureLiberating Imagination
Does it Count?
Leaders Owning What Matters

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