Publications

Holistic Think Tank is also a substantial knowledge base of scientific literature and expert opinions on educational challenges around the world. We research and learn to understand. And then we write about it for you.


Interviews

Prof. Dominika Dudek: I dream of schools that teach students how to deal with stress

Interview with Prof. Dominika Dudek, psychiatrist, president of the Polish Psychiatric Association, head of the Department of Psychiatry at Jagiellonian University’s Collegium Medicum, editor-in-chief of the journal “Polish Psychiatry,” organizer…

30 January 2023

Interviews

Anna Szulc: Yesterday’s teachers are using the day before yesterday’s methods. How is it supposed to work well?

An interview with Anna Szulc, a mathematics teacher from Kazimierz Wielki High School in Zdunska Wola, Poland, who does not give grades, does not assign homework, does not quiz at…

16 January 2023

Ideas

The price of success. Is Korean “education fever” a warning or an inspiration?

As recently as the 1950s, South Korea’s economy was not too different from those of sub-Saharan African countries (calculated by the amount of GDP per capita). Today, South Korea is…

29 December 2022

Analysis

Talks

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 important to validate the ideas we promote. Dynamic changes in…

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 discovered any new continents but, at the same time, too…

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, at the same time, must be shifted from an overarching…

21 September 2022

Analysis

Talks

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 are joined by Monika Aring and Larry Hulbert from Fab…

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 engage into transformative action (Banks, 2008). Students are at the…

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 of us. In this relationship, naturally there is an imbalance…

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 school is to teach. It is to convey knowledge that…

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. But this is not all. When walking through the wildest…

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 interested in education, it is the starting point for us.…

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 other in a different way than people the same age…

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 these skills seems to be unchanged for years: it includes,…

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, that behaviorism had its origins in experimental research involving animals.…

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. Investigating similarities and differences in school environments in different countries…

20 September 2022

Talks

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 learning. A teacher and a parent are just supportive persons”,…

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, the number of homeschoolers has tripled. In Poland, official data…

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. Neither in schools nor at work do they teach us…

20 September 2022

Inspirations

Holistic approach in education

A list compiled by the Holistc Thnik Tank researchers – Jan Bazyli Klakla and Katarzyna Pająk-Załęska – based on preliminary analyses and discation. The list is a central point for the think…

20 September 2022