A group for anyone who wants to help us develop an NTW approach to education.
Latest Activity: Feb 1, 2022
To act as a catalyst in creating new networks to stimulate debate across arts, education and beyond
To provide a forum to discuss education in a language that encourages fresh and innovative ideas
To develop leaders and advocates from a range of backgrounds, working throughout the whole education system
To focus on creating long-term solutions to the problems of the formal education system
To encourage cross-curricular dialogue to promote the benefits of the arts at all stages of the educational experience
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The creative schools/ creative practitioners project has been running for about 2 school years now. I was so enthusiastic about its aims when launched at the Arts Council Wales event. I think the…Continue
Started by Bill Hamblett. Last reply by Martin Daws Apr 16, 2018.
http://shar.es/131gVNNesta posted this on twitter this morning. It is an article written by Naveen Jain called School's Out For Summer. It was originally posted…Continue
Started by Jain Boon. Last reply by 4elements1 May 31, 2015.
What if there is a way to take any discussion group to impact the future, involve the group and conversation , by discussion, attitude, interaction be it voice visual impact, more engagement allows…Continue
Started by Gary Morris Feb 27, 2015.
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Thanks Merel and Dan, some interesting thoughts.
I think it might be useful to let you know what our starting point was. Have a look at a report by Dai Smith, you can download it from here. Its worth a read, one of its main principals is that 'creativity' becomes a core part of the curriculum, which might go some way to addressing both your points. We're hoping that we can mix this kind of thinking with the work that NTW does, to develop our own approach to education.
As far as leadership goes, i agree, all good leaders should teach people to lead themselves, or at least see their own potential. Its a style that we've always promoted through TEAM and other strands of NTW.
Merel's comment intrigues me a lot. My opinion is education in general should be open source, like the way it is in the way we use the internet today. In the last six years I've learned so much about the way the world works through the free flow of information on the internet, the way you educate yourself using it is so intuitive - you get curious about something and you find the answer, it's that simple. It's the antidote to rote learning, which I think drains much more than it inspires.
Ultimately, we just need to educate ourselves when necessary. Do we need to rethink education? We already have education. What I think this subject is alluding to is the problems in traditional education which, once again, are compounded by the thankless task of trying to operate within capitalism. The kind of education that seeks to produce a person to perform a job in the economy (actually an anti-economy) rather than to produce critical free thinkers.
I'm wary of the use of the word leaders too, if someone thinks of themselves as a leader I think the first thing they should be doing is stripping themselves of the title by teaching other people to lead themselves. But not to get into disagreements too much, I think the answer to educational progress while we still have internet freedom is to protect the spirit of its open source educational model. I've seen countless times how it works like a dream, because it enables open cross-communication and when people can really freely talk things out with no time constraints I think the solutions we seek are always found.
As a qualified teacher and mother of 3, one of whom I chose to home educate from age 11, I can only say our education system is rotten to the core. It teaches children to not be able to think for themselves. I'm really glad you're doing this and would love to have an input :)
Very interesting; is this meant to be discussed on here or is it going to be an event?
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