As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy Crehan was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to be based on lessons from ‘top-performing’ education systems. She became curious about what was really going on in classrooms of the countries whose teenagers ranked top in the world in reading, maths and science.
Determined to dig deeper, Lucy set off on a personal educational odyssey through Finland, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai and Canada, teaching in schools, immersing herself in their very different cultures and discovering the surprising truths about school life that don’t appear in the charts and graphs.
Lucy visits the RSA to document some of her journey, weaving together her experiences with research on policy, history, psychology and culture to offer extensive new insights and provide answers to three fundamental questions:
How do these countries achieve their high scores? What can others learn from them? And what is the price of this success?
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I would not be able to attend this event. However, I would like to know Lucy's views on the "Flipped Classroom " and the "Flipped Mastery" methodologies and Khan Acadamies system used in a school in Los Altos? California. And also the S.O.L.E.; the Self Organising Learning Environment developed for primary school pupils by a Professor of Education at Newcastle University and described in his e-book, "Beyond the Hole In the Wall". My point of view is that there are as many excellent teachers and university lecturers as there are computers in the world. In cybernetic terminology, this is Variety Amplification.