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The Ideas

The majority of the material collected on this site, and presented in the animations is taken from the book Overschooled but Undereducated, by John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart. Further ideas can be found in the resources listed to the right.

Overschooled but Undereducated synthesizes an array of research and shows how these insights can contribute to a better understanding of human learning, especially as this relates to adolescence. By mis-understanding teenagers’ instinctive need to do things for themselves, society is in danger of creating a system of schooling that so goes against the natural grain of the adolescent brain that formal education ends up unintentionally trivialising the very young people it claims to be supporting. By failing to keep up with appropriate research in the biological and social sciences, current educational systems continue to treat adolescence as a problem rather than an opportunity.

This book is about the need for transformational change in education. It synthesizes an array of research from both the physical and social sciences and shows how these insights can contribute to a better understanding of human learning, especially as this relates to adolescence. The book was conceived through a series of international conferences, and considers the education systems in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand. Its intention is to shake education out of its two-century’s-old inertia. In the saga of the ages, if a generation fails, the fault lies squarely with the previous generation for not equipping them well enough for the changes ahead. The most immoral thing a person can ever say is: ‘This will last out my time’.

Purchasing Options

The introduction is freely available to read on the Initiative’s site.

Overschooled but Undereducated can be purchased from Amazon (.co.uk or .com) or directly from the publisher, Continuum.

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