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Overschooled and Undereducated: Getting the Balance Right

Good evening. It is both an honour and a pleasure to be invited to give this lecture. I do so with some trepidation. I know I am easily carried away with my enthusiasm! Some years ago my wife and I were on a Sunday afternoon walk with our three sons. Our youngest, Tom, who was […]

Learning to Go with the Grain of the Brain

If young people are to be equipped effectively to meet the challenges of the 21st century it is surely prudent to seek out the very best understandings from current scientific research into the nature of how humans learn before considering further reform of the current system.

This article by John Abbott and Terence Ryan appeared in the Spring, 1999 issue of Education Canada.

In Defense of Genius

Annual Lecture to the Arts Council of England, 8 February 1996 Dean Clough is the ideal starting point for my lecture. Its success is the reason I was invited to join the Arts Council as a member in 1991 and then to Chair the newly formed Regional Arts Board for Yorkshire and Humberside. Dean Clough […]

Children need Communities; Communities need Children

Communities have done young people a grave disservice by separating the world of learning from the world of work

The Central Thesis

Contrary to many a childhood memory, learning is not an alien activity which has to be imposed on humans; rather it is a set of instincts and predispositions as fundamental to the human condition as sex or survival.

A Project to demonstrate significant improvements in pupil Performance by mobilising the full resources if the community to support learning

A Research and Development Proposal submitted to The Department for Education by Education 2000 February 1993 A Project to demonstrate significant improvements in pupil performance by mobilising the full resources of the community* to support learning. *Definition: Community – a place of well defined geographic boundaries within which there is a strong sense of internal […]

Teaching for Understanding

This article first appeared in the appeared in the Fall, 1993 issue of American Educator, the journal of The American Federation of Teachers. We reprint it here with permission of AFT and of Professor Perkins, co-director of Project Zero at the Harvard University.

In Search of Community

Ernest Boyer delivered this speech to the the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s 48th Annual Conference Creating Learning Communities, held at Washington, D.C., on 26 – 30 March 1993. Please note that this is an exact transcript rather than a cleaned-up print version. I’m delighted to be invited to join you to celebrate the 50th […]

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