Thoughts from an International Educator — creativity, action research, CPD, innovation, pedagogy, and the future of learning

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This is a really interesting blog from Shaun Robison. Check it out!

Thoughts from an International Educator — creativity, action research, CPD, innovation, pedagogy, and the future of learning.

It’s a bit sad to reflect but education is a really big business & it’s also highly political. For example, did you know that McKinsey are pro-bona advisors to the International Baccalaureate organization?

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  1. I am so conflicted when it comes to education – I was educated mainly in the UK by some of the UK’s top schools (both Public and Grammar) and was very much disappointed by the whole experience. Learning pace and direction were both substandard for me.

    I’d like to see a rethink of what education is for at a schooling level before more failed models are exported elsewhere. Given the level of flex that good IT strategies could build in to globabl education (if we weren’t quite so concerned about listening to the latest trendy theories) it’s such a shame that “one size fits all” models are still being adopted – particularly in places where those models are of little to no value.

    It’s one of the reasons I left my training profession, too many people in T&D/L&D are obsessed with being liked rather than delivering measurable benefits. My own career seemed to run backwards where I went from a good start measuring ROI and success against learning objectives to trying to work in environments obsessed with the “happy sheet” as the be and end all objective.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Hi, you are always welcome to share your views on my blog!

      i very much relate to your comment about being conflicted by education. It’s complex and easily misunderstood.

      I belong to a very different generation to you.

      I failed my 11 plus and went to one of the early comprhensives which provided a good education in “real life”. I was quite fortunate to gaim 6 GCE O-levels. At that time (mid-sixties), I was able to enter Articles in a Chartered Accountants office, and train, learning by correspondence course at night. Some of my pre-exam courses introduced me to people from very privileged backgrounds for the first time.

      Anyway, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant aged twenty-two. Realizing that I had an intense dislike for accountancy, I used my ACA as an entrance to a Masters programme in Business Admin at Bradford.

      So aged twenty-four, I was a Charteered Accountant, with an MSc in Business. I joined American Express as an International Auditor and saw the World at their expense, still in my mid-twenties.

      At the age of forty-ish, I got bored with the grind. Mid-forties, I took an applied doctorate in Business Administration. Post doctorate, my career straddled academic and practioner life for a few years but I eventually gave up on academia – too political.

      The pinacle of my career was a two year assignment as Special Advisor to the Deputy Director General at UNESCO.

      I am going to stop there. What do you think of “Conflicted by Education” as title for a future blog?

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