The challenge is to better understand metacognition - how we can make thinking visible and consciously direct our multiple learning strategies. This will give us the key to transform education. We really can learn how to learn, with a clarity that was not possible even five years ago.
Why, therefore, do we have a "crisis" in education? Is it that all teachers, in every country, have suddenly started to underperform? Or is it that teachers, administrators, departments of education, ministers, prime ministers have simply failed to move into the rest of the bookshop to study what is now known about human learning?
Education is inherently and inevitably an issue of human goals and human values. One cannot even begin to develop an educational system unless one has in mind the knowledge and skills that one values, and the kind of individuals one hopes will emerge at the end of the day.
Cleverness will never be enough - our world needs creativity, and the ability to think holistically and ethically.
If young people are to be equipped effectively to meet the challenges of the 21st century it is surely prudent to seek out the very best understandings from current scientific research into the nature of how humans learn before considering further reform of the current system.
John Abbott, Terence Ryan
Current formal education still prepares students primarily for the world of the past, rather than for possible worlds of the future….[we have] not yet figured out how to prepare youngsters so that they can survive and thrive in a world different from one ever known or even imagined before.
Think about what kind of world you want to live and work in. What do you need to know to build that world? Demand that your teachers teach you that.
Peter Kropotkin 1842-1921
I, like many others, tired myself out working to place the new findings about learning within the present system. They don't just not fit; they collide head on.