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10 steps towards a better education: #8 Reverse an Upside Down System

In the eighth of our 10 steps on developing better education for our children, we look at the need to put resources into primary education.

These 10 steps first appeared as a part of our briefing paper for British parliamentarians, which is why they talk about ‘parliament’. They could equally apply to many governments around the world . . .

#8 Reverse an Upside Down System

The grain of the brain is now sufficiently well understood to make it obvious that the present system of schooling, by ascribing greater resources and status to secondary schools over primary schools is, quite literally, upside down.

If those resources were reallocated and an appropriate pedagogy developed this would enable formal schooling to start a dynamic process whereby students would be progressively weaned from their dependence on teachers. By ‘front- loading’ the system this would ensure that as children grow older they would have such good foundations on which to build that formal schooling would extend their own informal learning in ways which excited, rather than bored, them.

Such a ‘whole-system’ solution will require Parliament to instigate a radical, bold and far-reaching overhaul of the respective responsibilities of school, family and community. It is not more money that is needed to transform English education, rather it is to reallocate those funds that are being spent now in ways that should go with the natural grain of the brain so as to radically enhance the quality of education, the life of children and national well-being.

10 steps towards a better education

#1 Understand Learning

#2 Reassert Intelligence

#3 Affirm the Family

#4 Strengthen Community

#5 Unpack the Curriculum

#6 Preparing the Teachers

#7 Empower Local Communities



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