Reading this book at the moment “What’s the Point of Schools?” by Guy Claxton.
Very interesting, so much so that I want to spend the whole day reading it, neglecting the renovation of my campervan that i was going to do.
My wife tells me that I always do this, it’s like OCD or something, but then I lose steam after exhausting my interest and go on to something else.
Something tells me I should listen to her. I think this is important enough for me to take it slowly and let the interest build, so I’ll just post my impressions so far.
What I’m feeling at the moment is that it is extremely annoying that education in this country is not better. There are so many quotes, anecdotes and solid statistics over the last century, that for us to be in basically the same position is a joke.
It is a joke that makes me very angry, to be honest.
What i want to know is, what are we actually going to DO?
The whole system feels like its in gridlock – schools, students, parents, governments – no one can do anything because they are all tied up together in a vicious-circle, self-fulfilling prophecy state of affairs.
So this is what I’m thinking of doing.
At Becta-x the other week, I was talking to Kate who basically challenged me to run an unconference about education.
Damn it, it looks like that’s what we’re going to have to do, because I just don’t see any action out there at the moment to suggest otherwise.
I have no idea how to do this, so if anyone feels like coming on board, please give me a shout. We’re going to need people to turn up, too, so get prepared to spread the word.
We’ll start off small in a central London location, of an evening, so that teachers can attend. This will happen by the end of the school year.
I want to know what other people, face to face, have to say about education – any part of education – and what we can actually do to improve it.
That is all for now. I’m off to read my book – no, work on my campervan!