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Research

How to make schools catch up with the 21st century?

Today’s students need a multi-dimensional set of skills: the ones for both their present and future lives, abilities they can…

07 November 2022

Research

When more is less

The dominance of private education, overprotective parents helping children with their homework, and numerous tutors – this approach to education…

07 November 2022

Research

Kids always want to know more, but teachers hit systemic obstacles

Most teachers dream of education that will develop students’ talents, show them how to resolve problems, communicate efficiently, analyze sources…

07 November 2022

Research

School is a miniature society

South Korean participants in the HTT research project see school as a community that reflects the society in general. By…

17 October 2022

Research

“Emotional touch with creative design” – Inspiration from Korean interdisciplinary approach to education

STEAM education tries to integrate the learning experience, with a focus on connecting the subjects of science, technology, engineering, mathematics,…

17 October 2022

Research

Brazilian vision of education – socioemotional skills in the forefront

The core of the Brazilian curriculum fosters ten general competences that contribute to the holistic formation and education of children.…

17 October 2022

Analysis

The essence of the change is to go beyond the comfort zone.

“There is one world – let’s learn to look at it as a whole, through the lens of various subjects,…

10 October 2022

Grants

My media. My power. My world.

As one of the Holistic Think Tank grant program beneficiaries, the University of Sheffield, has prepared its own concept of…

09 October 2022

Research

“School should not just be a four-walled classroom”

Teachers who took part in the HTT research project in Brazil dream of a student-centered and  reality-based education that inspires…

29 September 2022

Research

What Should Schools Teach? A Phenomenography of School Environments

What kind of skills and knowledge should be taught in schools for the world’s better future – this was the…

27 September 2022

Research

South African schools on the path to interdisciplinary education

South African participants in the HTT research project stressed the importance of holistic development of students which is most successfully…

27 September 2022

Analysis

Interviews

Galina Zenin: “Music provides the children with an opportunity to learn about the world in a holistic way by being wholly engaged”

In an old photo Galina’s head is adorned with a huge white bow, she is wearing a short brown dress…

21 September 2022

Analysis

Interviews

Prof. Magdalena Ślusarczyk: “Nowadays it is not easy to talk about universal values, because we live in a world of their pluralism”

Professor, we are really grateful for this opportunity to talk to you. For us, Holistic Think Tank, it is really…

21 September 2022

Analysis

Educational journey into the unknown begins with leaving the familiar port

We sometimes hear the expression of a rather melancholic notion that we were, in fact, born too late to have…

21 September 2022

Analysis

School should stress the mutual permeability between various fields of study, along with the permeability of values

Children starting off on their educational journey ought to be provided with opportunities to develop in many different directions. Emphasis,…

21 September 2022

Analysis

Interviews

Interdisciplinary School Subject (IDS): The point is to do inquiry based learning

Holistic Think Tank recently awarded a research grant to Fab Lab Foundation for creating a new interdisciplinary subject. Today we…

21 September 2022

Analysis

Approaching the global issues  based on interdisciplinary knowledge, values, and skills

Education for global citizenship, in its critical rather than “soft” version, invites students to question existing social order and to…

21 September 2022

Analysis

What kind of citizenship should be taught at school?

Functioning in a relationship with the state should be an important part of the life of each and every one…

21 September 2022

Analysis

The role of the school is to teach how to learn

“What is the purpose of the school?” – this question seems to have an obvious answer. The objective of the…

21 September 2022

Analysis

“Mathematics is something more than a subject based on the data”

Travelling through different places allow for observing rich fauna and flora, describing the landscape and recording the most beautiful views.…

21 September 2022

Analysis

Holistic Think Tank Methodological Manifesto

1. A methodology to match the approach to the world and to education At Holistic Think Tank we are primarily…

21 September 2022

Analysis

Communication triad – is a mature educational dialogue possible?

Communication is a basic tool of knowledge transfer in a school situation. The child and the adult communicate with each…

20 September 2022

Analysis

Computational thinking as a fundamental skill used by everyone by the middle of the 21st Century

We all agree that the school should not only impart knowledge, but also help develop specific skills. The catalog of…

20 September 2022

Analysis

“Empty Pedagogy, Behaviorism, and the Rejection of Equity” – Chris McNutts diagnosis on the educational reality.

The use of techniques based on the achievements of behaviorism stirs rampant emotions among education specialists. It is worth remembering,…

20 September 2022

Analysis

The question returns like a boomerang: How to make pupils want to learn?

The Holistic Think Tank team has been working for many months on an international research project on primary school education.…

20 September 2022

Interviews

Maciej Winiarek: “We need to flip the classroom relationship and put the student in the center of the education system”

“I think we should increase the potential of children now, which will enable them to take responsibility for their own…

20 September 2022

Analysis

Does homeschooling teach what schools do not?

Statistics indicate a growing interest in homeschooling among many members of the public. In Italy, over the past two years,…

20 September 2022

Analysis

Neither education nor production systems are tailored to develop 21st century competences

Today we face the reality of modern society: neither education nor production systems are tailored to develop 21st century competences.…

20 September 2022

Ideas

What School Should Teach Research: Case Study of Philippines (Summary)

The school in focus is located in one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the Philippines. It was established…

08 September 2022

Research

What School Should Teach Research: Case Study of Poland (Summary)

The research aim of the project is an investigation into a particular school environment along with the roles played by…

08 September 2022

Podcasts

"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.