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Education is the platform for our success or failure, but is our system still fit for purpose? Will our children be equipped to face the challenges the future holds: the rapidly changing employment patterns and the global environmental, economic and social crises ahead of us? Or will our children grow up to resent their school years and blame them for their unfulfilled pot Education is the platform for our success or failure, but is our system still fit for purpose? Will our children be equipped to face the challenges the future holds: the rapidly changing employment patterns and the global environmental, economic and social crises ahead of us? Or will our children grow up to resent their school years and blame them for their unfulfilled potential and achievement? Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today explores these questions in the context of early schooling and primary education, presents powerful arguments for change and highlights strategies that offer a solution.


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Education is the platform for our success or failure, but is our system still fit for purpose? Will our children be equipped to face the challenges the future holds: the rapidly changing employment patterns and the global environmental, economic and social crises ahead of us? Or will our children grow up to resent their school years and blame them for their unfulfilled pot Education is the platform for our success or failure, but is our system still fit for purpose? Will our children be equipped to face the challenges the future holds: the rapidly changing employment patterns and the global environmental, economic and social crises ahead of us? Or will our children grow up to resent their school years and blame them for their unfulfilled potential and achievement? Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today explores these questions in the context of early schooling and primary education, presents powerful arguments for change and highlights strategies that offer a solution.

30 review for Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today: Education - Our Children - Their Futures

  1. 4 out of 5

    Azat Sultanov

    it's a personal account of a former head teacher who wanted to make a school into a disney land. They ended up building a university within a school and a kind of a city with its own administration and services. Lots of local entrepreneurs were involved in the process. All in all "Learning must matter to the learner. For it to matter it must have relevance and context. I learned to walk so that I could get to the cookie jar in the kitchen. I learned to drive a car so that I could go places my pa it's a personal account of a former head teacher who wanted to make a school into a disney land. They ended up building a university within a school and a kind of a city with its own administration and services. Lots of local entrepreneurs were involved in the process. All in all "Learning must matter to the learner. For it to matter it must have relevance and context. I learned to walk so that I could get to the cookie jar in the kitchen. I learned to drive a car so that I could go places my parents didn't know about..."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rozana AlBanawi

    Excellent read, progressive outlook! Education must be 'transformed' globally, not merely reformed! The example of Grange Primary School in Nottingham is an insightful one where the author brings hope and light to a once helpless case of failing school system, I loved the realistic and common sense approach to creating a curricula, system, k& pedagogies that were both successful and not complicated as I had imagined it to be.. Excellent read, progressive outlook! Education must be 'transformed' globally, not merely reformed! The example of Grange Primary School in Nottingham is an insightful one where the author brings hope and light to a once helpless case of failing school system, I loved the realistic and common sense approach to creating a curricula, system, k& pedagogies that were both successful and not complicated as I had imagined it to be..

  3. 5 out of 5

    Helena

    It's a bit outdated, as it is basically talking about stuff that happened during the first decade of this millennia, but all in all, Richard and I have a fairly similar view of education. Which I knew, having met him a couple of times, so that was not a big surprise. It's a bit outdated, as it is basically talking about stuff that happened during the first decade of this millennia, but all in all, Richard and I have a fairly similar view of education. Which I knew, having met him a couple of times, so that was not a big surprise.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cris Mercury

    I didn't really finished it... I just assumed it was finished for me. It has a lot of great thoughts, I loved learning about Gervers project, but I find it really hard to read non-fiction, it doesn't keep my interest. It's a good book, but I craved for some fiction all the way through. I didn't really finished it... I just assumed it was finished for me. It has a lot of great thoughts, I loved learning about Gervers project, but I find it really hard to read non-fiction, it doesn't keep my interest. It's a good book, but I craved for some fiction all the way through.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pablo Fletcher

    Rompió mis esquemas: ahora tengo un nuevo planteamiento de la educación. Probablemente de aquí se desencadene una nueva forma de plantear las clases en dónde trabaje.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Denoon

    Richard Gever is a from-ground-up version of Ken Robinson, both promoting the development of individuals’ unique talents and interests along with creativity. The book has real substance in both the conceptual ideas and how to implement them. Part I focuses on the conceptual aspect of future education, while Part II the actual implementation of those concepts at his former school in England. For instance, in part I there is a discussion on the importance of making school magical, making learning Richard Gever is a from-ground-up version of Ken Robinson, both promoting the development of individuals’ unique talents and interests along with creativity. The book has real substance in both the conceptual ideas and how to implement them. Part I focuses on the conceptual aspect of future education, while Part II the actual implementation of those concepts at his former school in England. For instance, in part I there is a discussion on the importance of making school magical, making learning matter to students and utilizing support from the support, and then, in part II those concepts get realized in the Grange University project (p. 139-141) where the school ran 40 or so workshops two hours every week. I’m especially impressed by the variety of innovative projects and programs that the book included. There are several big takeaways. First, true education transformation starts at the core; the staff collectively work together to figure out the purpose of school and educational philosophy. Local culture and habits of minds count in that process. Second, we need to accept change as an essential part of human evolution and help our children to deal with the unknown. Further more, to “live within it and be excited by it.” (p. 152) For instance, it’s not just about training our students to be fit for the future job market, but about how to help them to be innovative in creating new jobs for themselves. Third, we need to focus on the future and our job is to best prepare our children for future challenges rather than preserving tradition or doing what’s comfortable for us. Fourth, keeping learners engaged and empowered is the key. Students need to have a sense of ownership in the learning process and to be able to see “what’s in it for me?” (draw links to their lives) and draw relevance to real world. Fifth, schools need to be like a Disneyworld of learning where children learn joyfully.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ernesto Pérez-castro

    Absolutamente inspirador. Lo de siempre: el libro te elige, escoge el mejor momento. Hace varios meses que compré este volumen y desde entonces intenté empezar a leerlo. Sin embargo, cansado de lecturas ligadas a mi trabajo, opte por la ficción que felizmente me ha dado grandes momentos en este año. Y ahora, en lo más profundo de una de mis más severas crisis pedagógicas, lo retomé para felizmente encontrar un libro de gran sencillez que bien puedo asumir casi como credo. Cansado de encontrar se Absolutamente inspirador. Lo de siempre: el libro te elige, escoge el mejor momento. Hace varios meses que compré este volumen y desde entonces intenté empezar a leerlo. Sin embargo, cansado de lecturas ligadas a mi trabajo, opte por la ficción que felizmente me ha dado grandes momentos en este año. Y ahora, en lo más profundo de una de mis más severas crisis pedagógicas, lo retomé para felizmente encontrar un libro de gran sencillez que bien puedo asumir casi como credo. Cansado de encontrar sentido al trabajo que se hace hoy en las escuelas, no encontré aquí respuestas, pero sí recordatorios importantes y detonadores poderosos. Ubicado en el contexto británico de hace 5 años (que seguramente no ha cambiado en lo sustantivo), el texto ofrece pautas muy útiles para sacudirnos la inercia y cuestionar qué diantres vamos a hacer con nuestros sistemas educativos. Me duele profundamente reconocer que en esto México vive un profundo retraso. Vamos décadas atrás y además seguimos queriendo imitar modelos que claramente no están funcionando en sociedades más "desarrolladas". Naturalmente, como se advierte en el libro, hay mucho de política haciendo eso posible. Y justamente por eso es necesario pensar medidas más radicales. No estoy aún claro de cómo sería eso en mi contexto inmediato, pero en esas ando. No se resuelve mi crisis con este libro, pero recupero elementos para enfrentarla y asumir algunas acciones. Lo más urgente por ahora es compartir esta lectura con mi equipo. Ojalá hubiera forma también de compartirlo con todos los padres de la escuela donde trabajo. Buscaré el modo de hacerlo, aunque sea por fragmentos. Necesitamos un destino compartido si vamos a andar más tiempo esta aventura juntos.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rui

    delicious. He's is not a great thinkers, but he's working on the field with the best theory, with courage, commitment and great results. Educations needs a revolution. And it´s possible delicious. He's is not a great thinkers, but he's working on the field with the best theory, with courage, commitment and great results. Educations needs a revolution. And it´s possible

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sven Meys

    An interesting view on the education system today and what can be done to improve it. If only more people shared the authors vision.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Haani

    Excellent! Inspirational and has many good ideas for educationists.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cigdem

    Inspiring read about how children as well as the local community can work together to create learning environments of tomorrow.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather Terrill Stotts

  14. 5 out of 5

    Juan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Price

  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Greg Rduch

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Jon Aguinaga

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Alvaro Mendez

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