Natural Born Learners does what many educational books have done before – it aspires to answer some big questions.
- What’s the reality beyond the rhetoric of Finnish schools?
- How worried should we be about robots replacing teachers?
- Is knowledge really power and, if so, how?
- Is learning to be nice more important than learning “stuff”?
Combining expert insight, entertaining anecdote and intelligent research, Alex Beard leads us from the crowded corridors of a South London comprehensive to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through the exam factories of South Korea to the inclusive classrooms of Finland.
Tackling everything from artificial intelligence to our growing understanding of the infant brain, and from the content of our character to the way classrooms are unwitting engines of extremism, Beard shows that we’re on the cusp of a revolution – and that learning in the 21st century must change in order for us to access our better future selves.