A journey into the future of learning that shows how our next generation can learn to thrive in the coming age of education
Learning is the soul of our species. From our first steps to our last words, we are what we learn. But for all its obvious importance, learning has lost touch with human progress. We live in an information age, work in a knowledge economy, yet our schools are relics of an industrial era. Education insider Alex Beard takes us on a dazzling tour of the future of learning to show how we can - and why we must - do better. Tackling everything from artificial intelligence to our growing understanding of the infant brain, NATURAL BORN LEARNERS is a user's guide to transforming learning in the twenty-first century and roadmap to accessing our better future selves.
Readers should accompany Beard on his travels - not only because the subject of his inquiry is so important, but because after myriad engaging anecdotes and encounters, he arrives at some conclusions with universal relevance - FINANCIAL TIMES
Vital . . . A meditation, a rallying cry and an inspirational call to cut a new educational path, this is an incredibly important book - METRO
Invigorating...one of the most optimistic, thought-provoking and ambitious educational books of recent years. Natural Born Learners is audacious, sassy, unafraid of big questions about what our children deserve and what our culture needs from education...bold and exuberant - TES
A timely and passionate book on the need for a global educational renaissance - MAIL ON SUNDAY
Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organisations working to ensure that all children everywhere can fulfil their potential. He's fortunate to spend much of his time searching the world for the most promising educational practices and sharing his learning with teachers, school leaders and policymakers in forty-six countries. He's so far visited schools in half of them. This is his first book.