what does the future hold for education?
It’s time for the educational slugfest to stop. ‘Traditional’ and ‘progressive’ education are both caricatures, and bashing cartoon images of each other is unprofitable and unedifying.
The search for a new model of education – one that is genuinely empowering for all young people – is serious and necessary.
Some good progress has already been made, but teachers and school leaders are being held back by specious beliefs, false oppositions and the limited thinking of orthodoxy.
"A powerful vision of learning which fosters critical thinking and craftsmanship at the same time as building a foundation of knowledge and understanding."
- Ron Berger, Senior Advisor for Teaching and Learning, EL Education and author of
An Ethic of Excellence
Drawing on recent experience in England, North America and Australasia, but applicable round the world, The Future of Teaching clears away this logjam of bad science and slack thinking and frees up the stream of much-needed innovation.
This timely book aims to banish arguments based on false claims about the brain and poor understanding of cognitive science, reclaim the nuanced middle ground of teaching that develops both rigorous knowledge and ‘character’, and lay the foundations for a 21st-century education worthy of the name.
‘I love this book. Guy cuts through the ongoing tangle of arguments about traditional vs. progressive teaching as smoothly as a knife through butter. With a potent mixture of hard science and compelling stories, he exposes the flaws in both extremes and points the way to a compelling synthesis. This book is a must read for educators everywhere.’
- Jo Boaler, Stanford University Professor of Education, and author of Limitless Mind
‘The experience of the Covid pandemic not only can, but must, lead to a new conversation about how to develop schooling to equip children for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Guy Claxton’s passionate and cogent book is the best possible starting point for that conversation.’
- Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, The Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA)