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An education that's alive

The ‘living bridges’ of Cherrapunji, North Eastern India are not built, they are grown. They take many centuries of careful guidance to grow in the desired direction. What is started by one member of a family may be finished by another many generations later. The bridge becomes stronger as it grows, some are over 500 years old, and they have been truly tested by rapids and floods with not so much as a scratch. The growing takes time, determination, a strength of character and a vision for its future.
Imagine an education with that sense of purpose.
Education today is not grown. It has already been built, upon a bedrock that the Romans left behind. But is the structure sound? Throughout the centuries, parts of it have been demolished to make way for new builds whilst older, established builds have been reinforced with scaffolding or even extended. But if you look carefully, this bridge has had various smaller bridges running parallel for many ages whose only purpose is to get an elite …

Learning Objectives

In a few weeks time I will be writing my own thoughts on the purpose of education for purpos/ed but before that I thought I might let you know where I stand with regards to education now.
The Learning Objective has been a bane in my teaching since I first heard of it back when I began teaching in 1997. I was enthusiastic and wanted to impress so followed the examples of others and went along with what was considered best practice. Three years went by and my enthusiasm had waned to the point of leaving teaching in the UK for teaching English in Venezuela then teaching in a primary school in Gran Canaria. I honed my skills there as we never had to follow best practice according to governmental guidelines but that of our own. It was a revelation and one which helped me become the better teacher I am today. It wasn't until I returned to the UK that I discovered the learning objective teaching and learning culture, and how pervasive it had become throughout the whole profession since I …