Category Archives: Opinion

Hard Evidence: at what age are children ready for school?

Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but what we know and we do in schools is just not right. Too often we give in to societal norms, pressure and status quo at the expense of our kids.

Hard Evidence: at what age are children ready for school?

When are children “ready” for school? There is much debate about when the transition between play-based pre-school and the start of “formal” schooling should begin. The trend in the UK primary school curriculum over recent decades has been towards an earlier start to formal instruction, and an erosion of learning through play.



Kompas Article

My views on IB Education was recently shared in an article on Kompas.

Jangan Salah Pilih… Pahami Sistem Pendidikan Sesuai Potensi Anak! –

JAKARTA, – Euforia hadirnya sekolah “berkelas internasional” makin kuat di Tanah Air. Saat ini semakin banyak bermunculan sekolah yang menawarkan sistem pendidikan berkualitas atau berstandar internasional di Indonesia. Dengan embel-embel internasional itu, beberapa sekolah menambahkan kurikulum tertentu yang khas di luar kurikulum nasional. Sekolah-sekolah tersebut menerapkan proses pembelajaran dengan ciri khas masing-masing.

Study Hard, For What?

Yet another case for not doing what we know. It’s frustrating to see so much of what we know that works (research evidence) in teaching and learning not being applied in the classrooms. We live in technologically advanced world, yet when our students go to to school, they are back to the Middle Ages. A great NYT article and a Singapore documentary on the Apprenticeship Model to learning.