Education 2000 had become sufficiently well-known by 1987 for me to be invited to address the Annual Conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) which was televised live with a studio audience of 1,800. This represented a massive step from a standing start of only two years before.
While there has to be an absolute limit to what a person can be taught, and even more to what they can memorise, there is no limit to what a motivated person who knows how to think, and collaborate with others, can learn for themselves. Curious as it may seem the Department of Education […]
Inquisitive Man has so extended the range and depth of human knowledge that it is impossible for a single mind to comprehend its entirety; that being so, it would seem essential that some should attempt to create a synthesis of all the parts, not with the authority of disciplinary experts, but with a skill in […]
If Man can’t live by bread alone, how should he live? Huh… a difficult question, better ask a university! “Sorry, that’s an imprecise question; do you want the Department of International Affairs, or Sociology, Biology, Economics, Anthropology, Pedagogy, or perhaps Theology?” “Not really; I just want a summary of their conclusions”. A long pause… “We […]
The more parents urge schools to concentrate on the development of their children’s academic ability, the more schools concentrate on intellectual skills and examinations at the expense of other valuable activities. When society itself is so deeply divided on issues of right and wrong it is virtually impossible to provide pupils with an effective moral […]
“Do not imagine that the knowledge, which I so much recommend to you, is confined to books, pleasing, useful and necessary as that knowledge is… The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet. Books alone will never teach it to you; but they will suggest […]
“What is life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?”1 What do we mean, and what did previous generations mean, when we speak of seeking a work/life balance? Do we see ourselves as Pilgrims or Customers? In the years leading up to the eighteenth century, Englishmen indulged themselves […]
[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] The human race is the planet’s pre-eminent learning species − it is our brains that give us our superiority, not our muscles. The brain has evolved over vast periods of time to become the most complex organism in the known universe. It is […]
To embrace humanity is to embrace life. To talk about life we have to first agree that life is something we want to live.
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