A Learner’s Paradise
Educator and popular speaker and blogger Richard Wells believes schools—specifically the teachers and students themselves—have the ability to fix education from the inside out, if given the freedom to do so. That freedom is exactly what he discovered as a teacher in New Zealand.
Do you think education works? Does it meet the needs of future society, business and most importantly, the average school leaver?
In this book, Richard Wells explains his amazement at how all the components of New Zealand education collaborate in creating an ever forward-moving system better prepared for the 21st century than any other. After teaching in the United Kingdom, Wells moved to New Zealand in 2006 to find there was no prescribed curriculum and teachers were trusted to run the whole system, including writing high school graduation assessments themselves. The Government is appreciated by teachers as a supportive aide to them as they hold each other to account in a positive and collaborative nationally networked system. In New Zealand, teachers are proud of the education system they operate and develop with their students, some being unaware of how lucky they are.
Wells explains each of the elements and organisations that jointly form the world’s leading 21st Century education system. He describes the developments and decisions that were made in achieving this and how it is moving into a phase of using student-negotiated national assessments that few other countries’ educators could even contemplate. The book is filled with useful diagrams and posters to illustrate key themes and pedagogies.
Wells paints a picture of what happens when young people are measured by their depth of thinking and understanding and can personalise their approach to doing so. The book introduces you to a country where the leading people and schools shape the future of world public education.