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Persuasive new vision for the future of education
The author, an acclaimed headteacher, author and international speaker, talks a lot about empowerment and this inspiring read should empower teachers, governors and parents to have the confidence to resist a data and results-driven efficiency agenda from usurping the true function of education. As he says “The human race has not evolved and developed through history because of a focus on efficiency; it has evolved because of our natural-born curiosity and our desire to learn, to challenge, to innovate and to be better”. The 2013 OECD “Skills Outlook” report which he references emphasises that education has to fit young people for a rapidly changing future. He is emphatically child-centred and believes that empowerment extends to them as well. A successful school works in partnership with learners and with the external community it serves but is, in and of itself, a collaborative learning community too. His mantra is “systems and structures change nothing; people do” A school can only be as good as its teachers and for both teachers and students it has to provide trust, security and a common purpose. His thoughtful analysis of what and why change is needed, with examples learned beyond education will provide a sustaining boost to morale for any teacher struggling in difficult circumstances and a timely reminder to those in charge to raise their heads above the parapet and stand up for the future of learning. This valuable read is not a practical how-to guide at all, nor an angry polemic, but rather a genuinely heartfelt plea to put purpose and people over structures and tests. He successfully advocates Ghandi’s challenge: “Be the change you want to be”
A message from the author Richard Gerver; ‘Educators are, like it or not, some of the most important people in changing the future. It has to be our aim to help to bring the best of our society together: the people and the organisations that best exemplify and champion the role of active citizenship, of values and of purpose, people and organisations who believe and evidence that we, you and I, can change the world for the better.’
This ground-breaking book is both a manifesto and a call to arms to inspire all those involved in education to consider new visions and values for the future of the school system. Renowned educationalist, speaker and author Richard Gerver offers an empowering vision for how education, both in the UK and internationally, can be transformed and made fit for purpose in the 21st century and beyond. Education has never been more important than it is now but the current school system lacks the continuity and longevity required to ensure young people can survive and thrive as we continue to head into the unknown.
Education: A Manifesto for Change argues that students must be prepared for the lives ahead of them; they must understand how important and valuable what they learn in school will be long after they have left formal education. To facilitate this, Richard encourages educators to walk outside the school gates themselves, learning from and with people and organisations beyond their normal experiences, so they can be the catalysts of a better, more connected and more coherent future for today's children - tomorrow's adults.
In this thought-provoking new book, Richard, bestselling author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today, shares his experiences of working with global businesses and talking education with Barack Obama, Steve Wozniak, senior managers at Google, and elite sports coaches working with Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams and the English Premier League. Taking an international perspective, the book includes examples from the US, China and Colombia.
In this powerful book Gerver calls for a collaborative vision for education that will prepare society to 'thrive in uncertainty'. He shares sharp insight achieved through school leadership uniquely combined with global experience of working with eminent leaders throughout industry. A great read. - Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching
Richard Gerver's book gives a personal yet authoritative account of the current state of UK education, and also provides a refreshingly optimistic perspective on where we might go next. - Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders, @RealGeoffBarton
In this refreshing, honest and deeply personal book, Richard Gerver builds on all his international experience to set out a manifesto for change in education, with collaboration, openness and optimism at its core. - Steve Munby, Visiting Professor at UCL London Institute of Education
Intelligent, passionate, honest and at times contentious, Richard Gerver does not simply present a manifesto for education. He gives us joined-up thinking about how education, business and society can work and succeed together. - Steve Wheeler, Author and Speaker, @SteveWheeler
Richard Gerver not only writes about optimism, he exemplifies it and we desperately need that now. It is an optimism founded in his wide and unique experience and definitely worth sharing. Read this book! - David Cameron, Education Consultant, @realdcameron
This is unpicking Richard's 25 years in education, but also the last 10 years on top of his work in schools, on his travel around the world. I found this book a very fascinating insight... Richard influenced my work as a deputy head five or six years ago... He's written quite a few books now. Two of them definitely changed the way I thought about school life, teacher workload, mental health, and what influence we can have on the system, how we can change the narrative. - Ross Morrison McGill, @TeacherToolkit
|Publication date:||4th April 2019|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
Richard Gerver is a world-renowned speaker on education, leadership and change. He worked in education for 20 years and was the award-winning headteacher of Grange Primary School. Richard is now an international speaker who works regularly with schools and global businesses, including Google, Visa, Microsoft, and elite and professional sporting organisations. He is the bestselling author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today and is a regular media commentator. Follow Richard on Twitter: @richardgerver.More About Richard Gerver