Entries by chris

Education Change: A Global Challenge

I was working in China last week and gave a talk to 1000 educators in Chengdu, a city of 14 million that is the capital of Sichuan Province in the South West of the country.  Like most Chinese cities it is still a ‘work in progress’ with construction evident everywhere.  The people are nothing if […]

Being Brave

Writing in 1924 in A Tract on Monetary Reform John Maynard Keynes noted that ‘worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputations to fail conventionally than succeed unconventionally.’   Keynes’ aphorism was rooted in an observation about bankers and how they all seem to fail in remarkably similar ways.  But the comment applies equally to many […]

The Way We Live Now

I came out of the Old Street Tube on my way to a meeting when I was stopped by a young girl asking for money. Something in the look of despair in her eyes made me stop.  ‘I’ve only got a fiver.  Have you got a couple of quid change?’  She had and handed it […]

School Change: Culture First!

My last blog talked about the comparative paucity of change over the last twenty years, across the millions of schools that exist. Yes we have seen teaching improve, yes there is more use of technology, yes we have some more modern environments.  But mostly the factory school: one teacher directing the work of 30, 40, […]

It’s Been Twenty Years So Where is the Change?

I suppose I must have sat through dozens of talks over the years suggesting that schools need to change, have to change, or must change.  There have been various waves of concern such as the lack of computers in schools, then the need for personalisation and latterly the switch to an on line world where […]

How can psychology help improve teaching and learning?

Despite huge advances in neuroscience over the past twenty years not much has seeped through to impact day to day learning in classrooms.  This is the problem that Daniel T Willingham Why Don’t Students Like School: A  Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What it Means for the Classroom starts with […]