is the author of What's the Point of School? and Building Learning Power. He co-directs the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester.
Get your kicks
No wonder adolescents jump off cliffs and fall in crazy love – they are constantly stifled by school and society alike
Virtues of uncertainty
Schools are in the business of forming character – so what kind of people will thrive in the 21st century?
What is the purpose of education?
The purpose of education is to create young people who will want to treat us kindly and look after us willingly when we are old. This will be good for us, good for them, and a very good use of public money. The subtext of schooling is always to create certain attitudes - typically the dysfunctional ones of passivity, compliance, dependency and credulity. But potentially the useful ones of kindness, trustworthiness, and the ability to engage cheerfully and productively with disappointment, confusion, uncertainty and complexity. Google call it ‘learning agility’. I call it the ability to 'flounder intelligently’. Kindness and intelligent floundering. That’s what we are after!