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Reclaiming Resilience

Reclaiming Resilience

You don't create resilience in children by throwing them in the deep end at school and forcing them to cope. That's how you create resentment. That's like sending the average person into the gym to lift 100 kg and saying that if they just do enough mindfulness, think...

“Inclusion is not tolerance. It is unquestioned acceptance.”

“Inclusion is not tolerance. It is unquestioned acceptance.”

Recently, I received a referral from the 'Head of Inclusion' of a large international school about taking in a child that the school cannot include. Needless to say, right away, this seemed rather contradictory to the principle of inclusion. After this, I received...

The Education Revolution is Already Here

The Education Revolution is Already Here

We often look to the West—with an almost wistful fatalism—for many symbols of progressiveness in societal structures. Schooling is no exception. In Canada, for example, all school-aged children are entitled to a full educational programme regardless of any...

Beyond Books & Classrooms: Where The Real Learning Happens

Beyond Books & Classrooms: Where The Real Learning Happens

Most parents tend to associate the word “education” with “books,” “school,” and “lessons”—there’s little wonder that this is the case, given the way mainstream schooling permeates the very fabric of education as we know it. Even those just dipping their toes into...

How Will Kids Ever Know What They Want To Do?

How Will Kids Ever Know What They Want To Do?

We get to age 18 and we’re expected to decide on a career path or a University degree and we have no idea what we want to do. Some people take a gap year to ‘find themselves’ – and I wonder when they lost themselves.  Is this not itself an indictment of the pressures...

Retraining & Upskilling: Symptoms of a Broken Education System

Retraining & Upskilling: Symptoms of a Broken Education System

According to a recent article in The Straits Times, the education system is now expected to retrain and upskill half a million adults yearly.

The problem with this is clear: retraining and upskilling are symptoms of a broken education system. What is the point of a 12-year school sentence if we have to throw it all away to retrain and upskill?

Will School Ever Change?

Will School Ever Change?

If you dare criticise school, you are bound to hear this: “Not MY school. It’s different!” “It’s not all bad,” “It’s not how it used to be,” “You obviously don’t know what school is like these days.” How I dearly wish that were true…

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity

How much is neurotypicality embedded into our society? How closely do we insist on aligning with limiting definitions of the word ‘normal’ - a word itself that has come to mean ‘conformity,’ or ‘homogenisation?’ And most importantly, how do these ideas exclude those...