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Making Children Learn vs Making Children Learners

Independent Thinking Founder Ian Gilbert gets off his chest what has been bugging him about the latest 'This is how we learn' practice with the help of design evangelist Chase Buckley.

Five-minute read

Perceive

A challenging and profound read from our Professor Paul Clarke on perception, scientific understanding and how Edgar Allan Poe might have stumbled across the Big Bang Theory.

Five-minute read

The Only Fresh Air Is Outside in the Yard

When Associate and university-based teacher trainer Martin Illingworth offered to contribute to our forthcoming book The Working Class, it sowed the seed for something more than simply the written word.

Nine-minute watch

So You Want to Build a New School?

We were recently asked for our advice about building a new school from scratch in Europe. This was Ian Gilbert's controversial  - and very popular - check-list by way of a reply.

Five-minute read

When They Go Low

We put this out on a mailshot to subscribers 24 hours after the US presidential elections. Judging by the feedback, it seemed to help.

One-minute read

The Working Class

If you are unhappy about the current narrative around 'working class' children and young people and their education then now is the chance to have your say with our unique new publication.

Two-minute read

A University Education at Any Price?

Isn't it about time we challenged the whole 'school to university to a life of debt' conveyor belt? asks Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert. After all, as is always the case, there is another way.

Three-minute read

Nancy Update

When three of our Associates went to Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp for us they met an amazing young lady called Nancy. With our support, Nancy has moved from refugee camp to university campus and is currently studying social work in Uganda. An update.

Three-minute read

Beyond the Bake Sale: Introducing A Pedagogy of Possibility

A report from a recent Thinking Saturday on how schools can and should integrate dilemma-based service learning into the curriculum through a pedagogy of possibility.

Five-minute read

Swan Upping, Children Downing?

In the summer holidays, schools are brilliant places to work. Dave Whitaker talks about why he loves summer - but why not all his students feel the same way, and what swans have to do with it.

Four-minute read

What Would Nature Do?

Associate Professor Paul Clarke examines the need to rethink entirely the way we approach our education system, moving away from the broken mental model we use now and learning from nature in the process.

Five-minute read

Let's Play Master and Servant - Character Education

Phil Beadle tells us what he really thinks about 'character education' and the problem of what it means for children today.

Five-minute read

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