Born to learn is a fun, thought-provoking series of animations that illustrate ground-breaking new discoveries about how humans learn.
In our previous interview on the organisation of English education, John Abbott explained why Labour Prime Minister Jim Callaghan came to believe that school children should be tested more.
Here John takes a look at why Callaghan’s thinking was wrong. John references the work of Sir Richard Livingstone, who wrote The Future in Education in 1941, to make the point that rather than focusing on tests, schools should be developing a child’s ability to learn.
To quote from The Future in Education: “If the school sends out children with a desire for knowledge and some idea of how to acquire and use it, it will have done its work. Too many leave school with the appetite and the mind loaded with undigested lumps of information. The good schoolmaster is known by the number of valuable subjects that he declines to teach.”
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