Title: Crows, snails and Education today
Blog Entry: SO   HOW   DOES   EVOLUTION HAPPEN AND   WHAT   DOES IT MEAN   FOR   EDUCATION TODAY ANWAY? Spare a thought   for    snails and the   Corvids! Snails   are not   renowned for   their speed, precision and   forward thinking. However, they are experts   on the protective   front as   any   self   respecting   corvid will tell you. Corvids are   an   extraordinary family of   birds including the   crows. They quickly learn how to use   and   adapt   tools. They are forward thinkers! One   day a   crow was out   for   a spot   of lunch and moved in on your   typically slow   slug who immediately went into the defence position of   retracting into   its   shell. Not renowned for it s   patience the   crow sat on the    fence and started to think   things   through.   At   precisely that moment in time, a car went   past and   drove over the   snail   smashing its   shell and   serving up a   freshly prepared main course of escargot   for crow. Next   lunch time,   the   crow came upon another   defensive   snail, picked it up in its beak, dropped it in the   road and   waited for the next car, which didn’t take long to   prepare   lunch.   Did I mention that it   doesn’t   take   long for   crows to catch on to   new ideas?   Today   many crows have adapted to quickly preparing   their   favourite   lunch. A   parable of   education today. The   rationale for   change is   far more   expertly expressed through some of   my   personal   heroes   such as Sir Kenneth   Robinson and   Set Godin, please   see below: And   A personal   journey of 35 years   has   revealed many insights and understanding     into the   failure     of       education   to   dust     corridors and blow   away   cobwebs in order to   allow   children to   breathe   fresh air! These children hold the key to our   future, they   represent the   greatest   investment   we can ever make. The   destination of my   journey   has   provided   a solution, proven to   work through the   many commendations, awards,   accolades and testimonials   gathered   along the   way. Yet having   delivered the   Trojan   horse called HET   through the   gates of institutionalism I see a   few   brave pioneers breaking   down that   final   frontier,   the brick   walls of institutionalised resistance that still seek to   imprison children’s minds, hearts and souls . Now is the time:   To   join ranks, unite in understanding the   true   reasons why   children do not   reach their   full potential in an outdated, out moded, ‘one size fits all’ system of   education,   built on fear and   control, designed to fail and fragment young people.   To explore the   simplicity of recent knowledge into   how we learn that will take the best   part of   half a century from   now to filter through into   academic   text books that   currently regurgitate old political models, no longer holding meaning or relevance. To heal   experiences from the innocence of   childhood, naturally and   holistically, without resorting to   dispensing brain   damaging ‘med u cation’ To provide a child centred, accredited   experience embracing a    joy of learning , not   systemised resistance and inherited   reluctance   to learning. Join me…..