Silly Nonsense: Unfortunate Beliefs that Hold Back Educational Reform


It is possible to organise both schools and classrooms so they transmit knowledge, get good grades, and equip young people with a set of mental habits that will serve them well throughout life. But some vocal educationists hold beliefs that stop them seeing that this is a real possibility. This talk reviews these beliefs, shows where they are wrong-headed or unnecessary, and thus frees up the wheels of change