Podcast #023: What makes for a good education?

According to the futurist and philosopher Alvin Toffler, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”


The subject of education evokes strong views from all sorts of people. It is multi-billion dollar industry.

In this podcast with my co-host Andrew Horton we give our personal reflections on education and learning.

Do join us as we discuss:

What do we actually mean by education?

How doing well at school so often has little correlation with being successful later in life.

The importance of developing much more than technical skills – there are two other attributes that can either enormously enhance your life or completely derail you.

The dangers of measuring everybody by the same standard.

How so often education systems over time can drain the creative abilities of so many people.

Developing a universal and holistic view of education.

How learning is much more than what we learn at school.

Or in a quote attributed to Mark Twain, “I never let schooling interfere with my education.”

You may also find of interest:

Do You Still Believe Your Old School Report?

What Do We Mean By Education?

How Schools Kill Creativity Part 1

How Schools Kill Creativity Part 2

Over to you: What are your thoughts and reflections on the podcast and on what makes for a good education?


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3 thoughts on “Podcast #023: What makes for a good education?

  1. Julia Haviland has given permission to share the following comments on the podcast:

    A response to the last pod cast on education-I am in total sympathy with frustration at the limited scope/vision of our current educational system… one of the symptoms of a materialistic world view point perhaps.

    “Man is a mine rich in gems of inestimable value, education can alone cause it to reveal its treasures and enable mankind to benefit therefrom”… I wonder how many of these gems our system manages to miss!

    Our educational system addresses one or two aspects of human potential- its material and intellectual potential but mostly misses the development of spiritual nature – the powers of insights, spiritual virtues and deeper understanding of life and its purpose. The latter a huge potential source of motivation too. No wonder so many people feel under fulfilled at the end of a long school career.

    • Yes Julia Western secular thinking has historically been very reluctant to acknowledge and explore the spiritual aspects of learning and education. That certainly seems to be changing and is a huge potential area for development

  2. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle

    Intelligence plus character that is the purpose of true education
    Martin Luther King