Charles Leadbeater: “You cannot build capability without knowledge” (video)

Some issues can spur some discussion, actually, the video can be an inspiration for a class discussion on education. Leadbeater is – for me – good in pinpointing that technology is not the real issue and that some of the stuff we nowadays want is not new but actually quite old and it’s rather wanting it back. And he acknowledges the need for knowledge.

In this interview, Charles Leadbeater states that learning should be an all encompassing experience that involves “head, hands and heart” for best preparing children for life’s challenges. Teachers should be able to design creative environments in which children are encouraged to try out new things. One of the major flaws in today’s education system is that its changes from governments and not from within the teaching profession. Many of the ideas Leadbeater talks about are not new: they were lost in the process of systematising education and have now to be recovered and applied in new settings. This is only possible if some standard principles about language, mathematics and science are learnt and then be applied in new ways.

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