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In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant

In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant
In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines? Children learn best when teaching aligns with their natural exuberance, energy and curiosity. So why are they dragooned into rows and made to sit still while they are stuffed with facts? We succeed in adulthood through collaboration. So why is collaboration in tests and exams called cheating? Governments claim to want to reduce the number of children being excluded from school. The best teachers use their character, creativity and inspiration to trigger children’s instinct to learn. There is, as Graham Brown-Martin explains in his book Learning {Re}imagined, a common reason for these perversities. As far as relevance and utility are concerned, we might as well train children to operate a spinning jenny. When they are allowed to apply their natural creativity and curiosity, children love learning.

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