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Independent Thinking by Ian Gilbert
This is one of the better reads I have had this year. I have owned this book for quite a bit of time and I finally sat down to read this book. I had to digest it all in two days where I highlighted so many thought provoking passages.
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The book is just a spewing of his thoughts and questions. I love the variety presented in this book. The questions he poses are great driving questions for projects for students. His ideas he bring to light about education have me crafting many blog posts to formulate my own thoughts and answers.
I have just become a huge fan of his work and cannot wait to track down the rest of what he has developed. So good. One of the best books on the topic of education that I have read. It has something for anyone who is willing to take time and ask themselves some questions to answer.
About the Book
Beyond the goal of teaching children to know things, to pass exams, to get through school, to find a place in the system, we need to teach children to reflect critically on what is going on around them and to ask whether that’s the way it should be?
Society, success, morals, poverty, social mobility, happiness, values, mental health, relationships, aspirations, self-esteem, equity, opportunity, politics—all are linked to education. The education of individuals, the education of whole generations. But what do we mean by education and what should a “quality education” involve in the twenty-first century?
As one of the United Kingdom’s most sought-after speakers and trainers with experience supporting schools across the world for two decades, this controversial book is Ian Gilbert telling it how it is. Drawing on his experience in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and most recently Latin America, it is a fascinating and controversial collection of articles, reflections, and inspirations to open our eyes to what education is really all about.
Education is one of the hottest topics in the world today but, Ian warns, it is degenerating into a political football passed between politicians and big business. To address the real issues facing individuals, communities, and countries, we need to get education right. This book can help.
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