Martin Illingworth's Forget School is an outstanding contribution to the agenda of improving the menu offered within schools and colleges to better meet their students' needs in the 21st century.
Within his introductory remarks, Martin sets the scene for a dialogue based on his interviews and discussions with a range of young interviewees. In doing so he enables readers to gain valuable insights into the lives of these young people, who are so driven and motivated to make a life that suits and sustains them.
A range of key issues are addressed, including the need to place greater value on the capacity of learners to better make use of information, as opposed to merely retaining knowledge. It is evident that the voices in the book are openly frustrated that the curriculum offered and the use of technology for learning are not relevant to or meeting their needs.
A thought-provoking text which examines key issues for educators to consider as they work to help schools avoid being left behind.
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