In yesterday's post entitled 'The Battle for Education', I showed a chart that characterised two opposing educational philosophies - traditional and progressive. I argued that educators are in a battle over how education is conducted, and this will determine our children's futures. Often, the differences between the two philosophies determine how students are treated, how they are assessed and ultimately, how they view their education and their own achievements.
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Education is underpinned by several philosophies, some of which are incompatible. As a result, there are many educational approaches, a myriad of theories and a bewildering number of perspectives.
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It was a great pleasure to speak at the opening plenary session of INTED 2015 in Madrid earlier this month. Over 600 delegates from more than 70 countries attended, and I shared the platform with TED Talks veteran and technology innovatorĀ Charles Leadbeater.

Now and then, I have the privilege to interview some great thought leaders in the field of education. I usually feature them on this blog under the banner of 10Q - ten questions. This time, I'm very happy to interview two of the keynote speakers for the EDEN 2015 conference, which will be held in Barcelona. In a few days I'll post my interview with Jim Groom, but first, here's the conversation that ensued when I caught up with The British Open University's Martin Weller.
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Last week I arrived at London Heathrow's Terminal 5, dragging my luggage behind me. It was early morning. I paused to look up and check the flight board. Yep. My British Airways flight to Madrid was listed - with the available check-in desks right next to it. It's always reassuring to see your flight listed on the board. Then you know you've arrived at the correct terminal.

So I ambled across the great Terminal 5 concourse to the check-in desk and presented my passport to the clerk.

Teachers should listen to children more. When children ask questions, they are seeking understanding, but sometimes the teacher can be too busy to listen to the meaning behind the question. They fail to 'read between the lines'. I have several horror stories I could tell about how asking questions in class ended up in ridicule for the child and a subsequent 'switching off' from learning - but I won't go down that road today.
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