“The task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought concerning that which everybody sees.” | Arthur Schopenhauer - The Artist's Philosopher
Education is not broken ... but the world is changing.
When we stand still, we go backwards. Tradition and historical practices matter – but they should act as a stabilizing keel rather than a rusty anchor.
Education does not need an external revolution; it merely needs an internal evolution.
Educators need not look outside of the craft for answers; they need only turn inward and learn from the collective expertise borne from millions of hours at the chalkface.
To move education forward, our job is not to see something new. Our job is to think deeply, openly, and expertly about those aspects of school that every student, teacher, leader, and parent can clearly see already.
Which begs the question: if we’ve seen it all, why does a book like this matter?
As author Steven Kotler says, “You can’t read the label while you’re sitting inside the jar."
Oftentimes, we are so deep inside our own work that it becomes difficult to gain new perspective and cultivate the space necessary to ‘think what nobody has thought yet.’
That is the purpose of "10 Things Schools Get Wrong" – to offer a meaningful, contemplative, forward-feeding opportunity for educators to step outside the jar.
In this book we combine leading brain and behavioral research with pragmatic philosophy to deliver a fresh perspective on ten widely accepted (yet rarely questioned) aspects of education.
Our aim is to turn conventional wisdom on its head, and force academic stakeholders to re-evaluate the status quo.
If you believe our schools can do better, then we invite you to read our new book and challenge the way you and your colleagues think about education.