The Learning Renaissance

Re-setting learning, some thoughts on redesigning a curriculum for all learners in the 21st century…

I am currently writing a book on remodelling education and I’m putting together a chapter on how you would re-build learning from a blank page.

Current educational models tend to be excessively prescriptive along an industrial model which sees the process of winnowing out learners through a series of examinations until only those deemed capable of accessing a university level of education remain.

Related to this process-led model, there seem to be assumptions about the nature of educational ability (I will refrain from using the term ‘intelligence’ which is used too regularly in an unspecified way.) and its distribution within the general population, which tend to self-serve the interests of those with greatest economic power.

Returning to first principles took me back to consideration of Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs as a useful starting point to providing an educational experience to engage every learner.

Imagine a school designed to foster all this hierarchy of needs as a foundation for the achievement of every learner…

I’m currently writing a book on remodelling education and I’m putting together a chapter on how you would re-build learning from a blank page.

Current educational models tend to be excessively prescriptive along an industrial model which sees the process of winnowing out learners through a series of examinations until only those deemed capable of accessing a university level of education remain.

Related to this process-led model, there seem to be assumptions about the nature of educational ability (I will refrain from using the term ‘intelligence’ which is used too regularly in an unspecified way.) and its distribution within the general population, which tend to self-serve the interests of those with greatest economic power.

Returning to first principles took me back to consideration of Maslow’s heirarchy of human needs as a useful starting point to providing an educational experience to engage every learner.

Maslow A.H. 1943 A theory of human motivation. Psychological Review 50 (4) 370 – 96

I must admit that I had thought that in the UK, at least we could take the bottom rungs of Maslow’s hierarchy as given. Unfortunately, reports of children turning up at school undernourished, and of teenage girls unable to afford sanitary towels shows that we make assumptions at our peril!

Imagine a school designed to foster all this hierarchy of needs as a foundation for the achievement of every learner…
Future Proof Your School / Re-Examining Success

About educationalist04

I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world.

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