An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education

By Tony Little

Tony Little is The Headmaster of Eton. the most revolutionary and imaginative
humans in British schooling at the present time he has hitherto saved a low profile. This book
accompanies a 3 half tv sequence to be screened on BBC 2 yet differs from it
significantly.

there's a predicament within the British schooling method. yr on 12 months GCSE and a degree pupils
publish greater examination effects, with extra scholars attaining best grades. but business
leaders and employers bitch bitterly that our faculties usually are not generating humans healthy for
goal. What now we have develop into is a country `Over schooled and less than educated`.
faraway from being locked in an ivory tower, a bastion of privilege, Mr Little has used his time
as a instructor and headmaster to become familiar with basic questions concerning
schooling. He desires to produce humans healthy to paintings within the smooth international. How do children
take up details? what sort of humans does society desire? what's schooling for? Not
simply is the writer one of many nice reforming headmasters of our time yet he has planted
Academies within the East finish of London, based a kingdom boarding college close to Windsor and
but is a passionate recommend of unmarried intercourse schools.

This publication isn't really a textual content e-book for faculties of schooling- it's a booklet to enlighten the
instructing career and simply as a lot for fearful mom and dad. The publication is just arranged
below themes resembling authority, expectancies, growth, self-confidence, intercourse, crises and
creativity.

Tony Little thinks it's time to ask a few primary questions, and to make brave
judgements approximately how we make our colleges and our schoolchildren healthy for purpose.

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