I enjoyed the latest book by my namesake - but not relative I should hasten to add! 'Independent Thinking' is a teacher friendly book in many ways. First, for busy classroom teachers like me it can be dipped in and out of and we'll find treasure on any page: a pearl of wisdom to motivate you; a wonderful thunk to get you re-thinking a subject with a fascinating question; a meditation upon the purposes of education to make you think about why you're teaching; an incisive observation about young people to make you see them in a different light; an autobiographical reflection to help you see how we're all connected by our common familial experiences; points to help you be a better parent or professional. Second, this book is informed by a philosophy which is both coherent and creative; there is a unifying theme that permeates it which is possibly encapsulated by one of Gilbert's aphorisms: 'Creativity starts with 'If only…' Mediocrity ends with it'. --Francis Gilbert, author of 'I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here'
What an engaging read, splattered with gems which will make you think and think again about life, living, dying and what education, teaching and schools are, and how, at their best might, they might excite and influence. Idiosyncratic it is, with its Thunks and its apparent, kaleidoscopic randomness, but all the more worth reading because or despite of all that. --Christopher Day, Professor of Education, University of Nottingham
Ian Gilbert has provided us with a wonderful, entertaining smorgasbord of a read. The author offers insights into his personal history and charts the ways in which this has influenced his own intellectual development. In doing so, he continually challenges our assumptions and delivers some perceptive comments on current educational practice. Although the book differs from conventional educational offerings, readers will undoubtedly find themselves forced to rethink their ideas about the best way to prepare today's children for life in tomorrow's world. --Professor Maurice Galton, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
About the Author
Founder and Managing Director of aptly named Independent Thinking Ltd, Ian Gilbert is the author of the bestselling 'Essential Motivation in the Classroom'. He set up Independent Thinking Ltd to 'enrich the lives of young people by changing the way they think.' He has worked with thousands of young people, teachers, parents and governors both in the UK and abroad.