My short lived academic life was one of missed opportunities.

I was a ‘straight A’ student in primary school and early high school.  I became disengaged by Year 11 and coasted my way to a dismal HSC result.  High school education just didn’t inspire me and I chose to turn my back on it, which as you can imagine frustrated the hell out of my parents. According to my HSC result I was in the bottom 5% of students in my home state.

Lack of academic achievement hasn’t  held me back as an adult, but I often wonder what might have been had I applied myself in year 12 and then embarked on tertiary studies.  We’ll never know.

david priceI wish that educational futurist David Price had coached my teachers back then.  If they’d listened to some of his ideas, I’m certain they would have found the key to my interest and enthusiasm.

David points out that we teach children in our schools today in virtually the same way that we did 100 years ago.  There have been some changes mainly due to new technology, but by and large we go through the same processes that were used early last century.  No wonder kids are tuning out.

David Price OBE is a Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit, in England and internationally acclaimed Education futurist.

In 2009, David was awarded the OBE, for services to education. His book “Open” released in 2013 has sold copies worldwide and highlights how we will live, work and learn in the future. He is currently in Australia working with AITSL on their learning frontiers program on practical strategies and tools to increase student engagement.

David is speaking at a workshop for parents and teachers in Canberra on Wednesday night of next week.

David’s talk highlights the challenge facing all parents and educators in how to best support children for a future where we cannot predict what jobs will exist. The much talked about 21st century skills require us to re-think the way we interact, teach, and use social, formal and informal learning.classroom

This workshop explores:

  • What does learning look like in schools today and in the future?
  • What should an education worth having be and look like?
  • How do we challenge and change attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that inhibit effective partnerships between parents, teachers and young people in learning and schooling?
  • Strategies of connecting and collaborating to achieve the best outcomes for student learning.

This event is a collaboration between the Australian Parents Council and APFACTS

This is all happening at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning
Freemantle Street, Stirling.

The event is on Wednesday November 5 between 6 and 8pm.

We’re giving away 5 double passes to this event on a first come, first served basis. All you have to do is write your name and email in the comments box. We’ll advise you by return email. We won’t publish the comments.

If you miss out on the free tix, I’d still urge you to book through the APFACTs website.  The tickets are $30