The source of intellectual growth is conflict: conflict between an old belief and a new experience, conflict between two beliefs that prove to be mutually exclusive, or conflict between your belief and mine.
Alfie Kohn, The Schools Our Children Deserve (1999)

Stuart Shanker

We Are a Small Group Species

Human beings are communal by nature and living together – in communities – is our most common and most natural state of life. John Abbott discusses the fact that communities must be created and sustained by the conscious intentions and actions of their members, and that we must attend to health and vitality of our communities in order to thrive – and to learn! – as a species.

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John Abbott Re-envisions Schools

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 13:13 -- admin

John Abbott describes some aspects (including class size) of what schools might look like, if we had a system of education that reflected what we now know about how humans learn and develop.

Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

Heather MacTaggart and John Abbott Discuss the Need for Community

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 13:04 -- admin

John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart discuss the fact that children need support and care from both family and the broader community.

Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom. Heather MacTaggart is the Executive Director of [[http://classroomconnections.ca/|Classroom Connections]], a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing student learning.

John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart Discuss Why Children Concern Us All

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:58 -- admin

John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart discuss why the education of children is a concern of the whole society.
Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom. Heather MacTaggart is the Executive Director of [[http://classroomconnections.ca/|Classroom Connections]], a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing student learning.

Typical Education Reform Isn't the Answer: John Abbott on Transforming Education

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:36 -- admin

John Abbott speaks on the shortcomings and inadequacy of typical ‘back to basics’ educational reform.

Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

John Abbott on Biological Adaptation vs. Cultural Change

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:31 -- admin

John Abbott speaks on the ways that biological adaptation interacts with human culture.

Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

The changelearning website project emerged from the collaboration of John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart, the Executive Director of [[http://classroomconnections.ca/|Classroom Connections]], a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing student learning.

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