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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Reprint edition (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851686037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851686032
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.7 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,780 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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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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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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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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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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This book is amazing, and the most amazing thing about it is that these ideas are not found all over the place! It seems so strange to me, now, that more than 99% of the people around me never EVER questions our educational systems. Sure, a lot of people complain about the quality, but so few seem to come even close to even wonder why we force all children born within the same year to learn exactly the same things at exactly the same time for years and years and years... Read it, then read it again, then lend it to a friend (you might have to be prepared to buy another, though... ;))
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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 children?' How very wrong I was. This book shows that learning is a skill to be developed and is very candid in its explanations. It is well written , easy to follow and I found myself nodding and agreeing with many of its arguments. Professor Claxton's ability to identify the cycle of repetitious bad judgment from successive governments is to be applauded. A book which needs to be read by ALL school leaders,teachers, LEA decision makers and government policy designers. An essential read for ALL parents. Well done , Professor Claxton , learning is fun , learning is power - building learning power - brilliant!
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I enjoyed this book, particularly as I'm planning to go into teaching. Claxton has great ideas that I agree with, i.e. that the purpose of school should be to prepare pupils for the real world, and more succicintly, to train them to think/learn. Although I completely agree with this latter point, I found that it was heavily repeated without enough concrete examples as to how it would actually play out in the classroom. I felt that the book was a little bit too long considering what Claxton was essentially trying to say, which could be summed up in a page or two really.
Still, it opened my eyes to some current issues in the field of education, and will definitely help in interviews!
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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. One particular point from page 85 when he mentions that if a child does something once how can a box be ticked to say they posses that relevant skill really drove home for me in light of the push to say that targets have been achieved. Okay, rant over and back to the book. I don't think this book is useful just for those in education, it also provides a taste for those external to it of what is happening in state education at this moment in time compared to school in the past and in fact how school should be in the future. An informative and educative read.
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