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What's the Point of School?: Rediscovering the Heart of Education [Paperback]

Guy Claxton
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10 July 2008 1851686037 978-1851686032 Reprint
With their emphasis on regurgitated knowledge and stressful exams, today’s schools actually do more harm than good. Guiding readers past the sterile debates about City Academies and dumbed-down exams, Claxton proves that education’s key responsibility should be to create enthusiastic learners who will go on to thrive as adults in a swiftly-changing, dynamic world. Students must be encouraged to sharpen their wits, ask questions, and think for themselves - all without chucking out Shakespeare or the Periodic Table.

Blending down-to-earth examples with the latest advances in brain science, and written with passion, wit, and authority, this brilliant book will inspire teachers, parents, and readers of all backgrounds to join a practical revolution and foster in the next generation a natural curiosity and the spirit of adventure.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Reprint edition (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851686037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851686032
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This inspirational book will be of interest to all parents and teachers. It should find its way on to the reading lists of our teacher and training courses and become compulsory reading for any politician connected to our education system." (Oxford Times)

"The book has much worth, not least for its eloquent and powerful critique of today's educational malaise." (Ink Pellet)

"This brilliant book shows the way, as its subtitle puts it, that we can rediscover the heart of education." (Scientific and Medical Network)

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"The book has much worth, not least for its eloquent and powerful critique of today's educational malaise."

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all those involved in schools 9 Nov 2008
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This book was the basis of one of our best ever INSET sessions. The book not only sets out what has long been wrong in the way we learn in our schools but gives a clear outline what all of us in schools can do about it. It does not matter if you are the Head or a classroom teacher. The book will inspire and make you think about what you are doing and reflect how you are teaching.
This is the best book on learning that I have read for many years and I recommend it to all those who want to rethink the way they work. It is a book free of jargon and full of thoughtful and thought provoking ideas.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book to kickstart a national debate? 19 Dec 2008
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Everyone has an opinion about education. But, for years it seems, as a nation, we've been arguing about standards, structures, performance tables - the debate is about instruments, (how we can 'reform' schools) and it's about increments (how much we can change). Guy Claxton has dared to question the whole purpose of compulsory schooling, and in a way which is not only authoritative (he undoubtedly knows his stuff) but also humane (not surprising for anyone who has heard him speak, or shares his philosophical and spiritual interests). We need this fundamental debate now, as more kids find their learning outside school, and this is a brilliant summation of the issues which - because of its accessibility -could finally bring into the discussion the people who've been largely excluded: parents.
If you care about how we make schools the kind of places our kids actually want to be in, buy this book!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It took me a while but... 28 Jun 2010
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I hated this book at first due to its highly negative and critical viewpoint against schooling and the education system. The book gives very little view of school in a positive light and any related benefits of education so was starting to feel rather disgruntled and depressed by the biased views in the book. However, once I was into Chapter 3 I began to appreciate the opinions and realised that although some of the statistics in the book are manipulated, it is useful material for my MEd in terms of education today and being able to look at it critically. Not the most cheery of reads but useful.
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Great read for school leaders - lots of food for thought if you are looking at tackling pupil passion for learning
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4.0 out of 5 stars Factual and up to date 17 Feb 2014
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A friend of mine had this book originally and having used it before for my assignments it was a must buy. Informative, clear and easy to read. Chapters are well summarised. Worth a buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. 24 Feb 2012
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This book covers many areas and really makes you think about our current school system and why it doesn't work. I would recommend this to anyone that works with children and young people, it explains how troubled they are and why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 1 May 2009
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This is required reading for anybody working in education today . Our young people are being let down by the current limited curriculum on offer and lack of support in making them robust and resilient adults of the future . This books supports the thinking that we need to alter our approach and question excatly what children are learning in school. We need to examine the difference between teaching and learning. This is a very thought provoking text. What's the Point of School?: Rediscovering the Heart of Education
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars He is part of the problem
Claxton's book is good and is welcome in its critique of the schooling system. However, it is no good banging on about how the system doesn't allow students to learn habits of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ads
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I also feel as a teacher, that it sums up the negative points of being a teacher in this day and age. Read more
Published on 29 July 2012 by SJSmith
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the point of school?
Having run the gauntlet of teaching in response to initiative and inspections, for some years now, I thought I was the only teacher left willing to say, 'What's in it for the... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by Miss Chalk'n'talk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
I enjoyed this book, particularly as I'm planning to go into teaching. Claxton has great ideas that I agree with, i.e. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2011 by C. L. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone with an opinion about school (and who can say...
This book is amazing, and the most amazing thing about it is that these ideas are not found all over the place! Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2009 by Eirin Mikalsen Orum
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read -
A very relevant text. Talks a lot of common sense. Clarifys alot current education thinking. Hopefully encouraging a move away from a destructive target driven system.
Published on 21 Jun 2009 by Mr. D. Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the point of school?
What's the Point of School?: Rediscovering the Heart of EducationGuy Claxton offers a compelling critique of the schooling system and opens the way for returning to educational... Read more
Published on 30 May 2009 by M. Huxtable
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