"Education is the mos powerful weapon you can use to change the world" - said Nelson Mandela. In Holistic Think Tank, we belive that a change in education system is possible. And we know how to do it.
In this podcast, you will meet people from all over the world, who not only believe but just work on education change.
Predispositions in learning music, math, physics and logic (Episode 8)
Christoph Drösser has a graduate degree in mathematics and has written numerous general interest books, covering topics as varied as music and the brain, math, physics, logic, and weather. This German science journalist is based in San Francisco and we speak with him to find out about some fascinating connections between different school subjects and our abilities and predispositions in learning and studying these subjects. Please join our listening!
Changes in the curriculum in Latvia – what do educators think about the new reform? (Episode 7)
The Latvian Ministry of Education and Science is proposing a number of changes to the current approach to education in order to develop, approve and successively introduce a curriculum that would develop value-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary in the 21st century. This project is called “Competency approach in the curriculum” or School 2030 (Skola 2030). Today we are talking to educators about how this reform works in practice.
Interdisciplinary school subject by fabfoundation (Episode 6)
Holistic Think Tank recently awarded a research grant to Fab Lab Foundation for creating a new interdisciplinary subject. Today we are joined by Monika Aring and Larry Hulbert from Fab Lab Foundation. The topic of our conversation is the interdisciplinary subject (IDS), its implementation and education reform.
What is the biggest constraint in school? (Episode 5)
The Theory of Constraints is a methodology for identifying the most important limiting factor (i.e., constraint) that stands in the way of achieving a goal and then systematically improving that constraint until it is no longer the limiting factor. This theory is used in many fields, we will concentrate on education. Today we are joined by Maciej Winiarek, an expert in critical thinking, former director of the TOCFE (TOC for Education) Foundation in the USA for Poland, co-founder of the non-public Thinking Zone school in Gdańsk, a Family Lab trainer, educator, publisher, blogger, presenter and certified tutor.
Media literacy helps to foster critical thinking and creativity (Episode 4)
Media literacy education has been of high interest in Ukraine since the 2014 annexation of Crimea. The study of propaganda has become increasingly important, especially with the rise of fake news and disinformation during the current war in Ukraine. Today we are joined by Maryna Dorosh, a media literacy expert from Ukraine and we are talking about how media literacy can help children identify reliable sources and filter through the noise to get at the truth.
Peaceable schools in the Netherlands (Episode 3)
Educating for peace in times of war – the problem suddenly becomes very topical again. Today we are joined by Dennis de Vries, director of the Peaceful Education foundation from Utrecht to learn more about peaceful schools and their programme.
IB Education – Parent perspective (Episode 2)
Today we are joined by Tomasz Wlazlo, a parent from Poland, who, while living in various countries, was looking for a good international education for his free daughters. We will talk about the challenges and strengths of the International Baccalaureate education programme from the parents’ point of view.
Education systems around the world: United States of America (Episode 1)
Today we are joined by Agatha Panait, an educator from Chicago and we talk about the American education system. We discuss social emotional learning as the idea for a multidisciplinary model of teaching, about the relations between teacher and parent, about the American model of school and curricula.