Looking for wisdom and empathy

Political events in 2016 have been screaming at us: WAKE UP!! Britons slammed the door in the face of their EU neighbours. Americans threw a rock (in the shape of Donald Trump) to smash the windows of the political establishment. Dissatisfaction with politics as usual is evident around the world.  What to do about it? … Continue reading Looking for wisdom and empathy

Luxury or necessity? Critical thinking and problem solving should be at the core of learning for all

This article appeared in Unlocking a world of potential, a publication by British Council. Even in a world where most children are still learning basic skills, critical thinking and problem solving can and should be taught. In a low-income community in South Delhi, India, students are reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Today’s discussion … Continue reading Luxury or necessity? Critical thinking and problem solving should be at the core of learning for all

Learning to solve problems

“Robots – memorising formulas, regurgitating facts. Pretending that we understood when we didn’t have a clue. Playing by the rules of the examiner. That’s before we met Mr G, who rescued us from the education system that failed us all. He was a teacher who relished making you think, and not telling you the answer. … Continue reading Learning to solve problems