3 Courses

Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Cape Town

Started: 13/04/2018

Finished: 27/04/2018

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The Right to Education: Breaking Down the Barriers

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Glasgow

Started: 27/04/2018

Finished: 27/04/2018

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What is Character? Virtue and Ethics in Education

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Birmingham

Started: 30/06/2016

Finished: 30/06/2016

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1 Book

Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning

Author: Sugata Mitra & Nicholas Negroponte (Foreword)

Publisher: TED Books

Published: 2012

Started: 17/01/2019

Finished: 17/01/2019

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We need to ask some hard questions too of the way we educate and train our children. To what extent are we bringing them up to be ‘good soldiers’, compliant and well conformed? In a straitened economy, the percieved risks of being outspoken and the implied rewards of obedience are immense. Yes, I can hear a thousand teachers despairing at the prospect of more argument but it’s the silent classrooms that scare me.

Margaret Heffernan, Wilfull Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious at our peril, 2012:329

Education is the future. Education it is all our futures. The education we teach today ends up being the realities of tomorrow. So why would you teach an outdated and uninspiring curriculum that will leave us all worse off?

This module takes its cues from the MOOC it is named after and picks up where the previous module left off by more specifically envisioning what a progressive education system fit for the 21st-century would actually look like.

I found the What Future for Education course especially useful as it had many reflection exercises I had to complete that were invaulable in allowing to focus what I saw as the problems of the traditional formal education system and to lay out my ideas for what needs to change in order to make it better.