Klaxon during Claxton – ’21st Century Skills’ alert!

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The next session at the Festival of Education, the 5th that I attended, was Daisy Christodoulou, Jan Hodges and Guy Claxton on “What is the Future for Schools?”

I was looking forward to this session more than any other. Mainly because I’ve just read Daisy’s book The Seven Myths of Education and agree with her destruction of each of these myths, and I disagree with the stuff Claxton promotes. Claxton’s promotion of “Building Learning Power” is fundamentally at odds with the stuff I’ve been reading over the last few months, particularly from cognitive scientist Daniel T Willingham and on many blogs. Well that’s not true of everything I’m reading, but it’s true on everything I’m agreeing with.

I wanted to hear a real gladiatorial type of argument that challenged some of the applause that I had heard Claxton receive earlier.

Daisy said that she is optimistic. Her reasons for being optimistic…

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