Bill Hicks picks his favourite out-takes from the second Education Fast Forward event
Education Fast forward 2Sister Margaret Wong and Tim Unwin at EFF2“Right now students are guessing what it is that teachers want them to know and want them to do – when they go into that classroom, they’re figuring ‘what do I have to do to get a grade’. Even our best students are trying to figure what to do to get an A…it’s not about learning, it’s about rewards.”
Richard DeLorenzo, USA

“I see education as leading out – and then when they see more to more people – global learning reaching out to more people, to the world, the leading to lifelong learning, and preferably out of pleasure rather than pressure.”
Sister Margaret Wong, Hong Kong

“Just by being alive, you can’t help but learn…”
Peter Kent, Melbourne, Australia

"The real problem, the difficult part with these innovative models, is how do you apply – and multiply – these models?“
Balint Magyar, Budapest

“The model of teaching is not necessarily in front of the youngster, but alongside or behind them, to a far greater extent than in the industrial model – and therefore we ought to be trying to help teachers think through those changes, because they themselves can be accelerators of children’s development.”
Sir Tim Brighouse, UK

“On budgets, that’s quite  simple – both here and in the States, we have to come in at no more, and hopefully less, than what it would cost to educate a mainstream child. There was no new money!”
Jean Johnson, UK

“It’s one thing to open the doors to opportunities but we also need to have a clear direction of the opportunities that we need to assist our students with ….”
Jenny Lewis, Sydney Australia

“…the CIO of Starbucks saying that everything he learned for his job he learned from World of Warcraft… and I think about my 9-year-old son who uses excellent decision making skills in all the games that he plays and then goes to school where he has to go back to that rote environment…”
Peter Cevinini, Herndon USA

“I felt a lot of the discussion has been very mechanistic …to me some of the most exciting educational challenges are messy and anarchic – it’s changing the rules of the games that matters!”
Tim Unwin, Hong Kong

If our goal is to improve productivity, one of the problems is what is the point of education? If you don’t define that, it’s hard to be more productive. We need to not ask is our innovation successful, but to what extent is our innovation successful – because at policy level we’re going to have to cull some innovations down and support others.” [see also Purpos/ed, editor]
Peter Kent, Melbourne

“When we try create schools from scratch, we’ve had great success. When we’re trying to transform traditional systems, it’s very challenging – you have to have  heroic leadership…it doesn’t cost any more money in resources, you just have to re-prioritise to make it more efficient.”
Richard De Lorenzo

Education Fast Forward

You can read Bill Hicks' full account of the second Education Fast Forward event here

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