‘The test of successful education is not the amount of knowledge that pupils take away from school, but rather their appetite to know and their capacity to learn.’ Sir Richard Livingstone, Oxford, 1941.
We are currently living in a world that is changing rapidly and one in which many schools are struggling to keep up. Schools have traditionally been a place where information is transmitted from one person to another, from teacher to student.
However, with advances in technology, today’s students have all the knowledge they will ever need at the flick of a button. As a result, the role of the teacher has had to transform from that of an expert who passes on knowledge, to a facilitator who works alongside students in the learning process.
The focus for the teacher now needs to be on teaching students the skills for learning and assisting them to become 21st century learners.
— Article with thanks to Jill Healey, Executive Principal, Flinders Christian College