The Unfinished Revolution is essential reading not only for educators and policymakers, but for anyone who has looked at the difficulties faced by schools and the communities around them and thought, "There must be a better way." Drawing on a vast body of evidence and relevant research, the book covers:
How humans learn, and why our innate talents for learning through community involvement clash with current school systems.
The historical reasons for the demise of learning within the community and the rapid ascent of mass education.
The impact changing economies and working practices have had on family life, and on our expectations of schools.
The English experience, showing how difficult it has proved over the past 50 years to move away from entrenched systems of education.
How educational practices need to change in order to promote lifelong learning.
Abbott and Ryan believe that education should be about far more than teaching the basics and improving test scores, and offer up their own compelling vision of how and what children should learn in the 21st century.
About the Author
John Abbott is president of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, a transnational association of educational researchers and practitioners based in the UK. Following a long career as a teacher and headteacher in England, John became director of Education 2000, spearheading nine community-wide education projects in the UK. He lectures around the world on new understandings about learning and is the author of several books including Learning Makes Sense (1994) and The Child is Father of the Man: How Humans Learn and Why (1999).
Terry Ryan is senior researcher for the 21st Century Learning Initiative. After receiving his Masters Degree in political economy in 1994, he worked with educational reformers and students in Poland, and co-authored a book on Polish history, The Shadows of the Past (2000), with former Solidarity leader Wiktor Kulerski. Ryan lives in Virginia, USA, with his wife and baby daughter.
Table of Contents
Preface to the first edition
Chapter 1 - The biological model of leaning
Chapter 2 - Learning in the 21st century
Chapter 3 - The economy and the learning needs of children
Chapter 4 - How mass education eclipsed apprenticeship
Chapter 5 - Scientific schooling for an industrial age
Chapter 6 - The struggle of ideas
Chapter 7 - Bid is better
Chapter 8 - The case for working smarter, not just harder
Chapter 9 - England: a case study of a one-size-fits-all education system
Chapter 10 - Making the leap from instruction and schools to learning and community