With forewords by Professor Tanya Byron and Octavius Black, Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn is a powerful call to action by acclaimed thought-leaders Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas. It is for everyone who cares about education in an uncertain world and explains how teachers, parents and grandparents can cultivate confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship in children, at the same time as helping them to do well in public examinations. Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn shows, unequivocally, that schools can get the right results in the right way, so that the Rubys of tomorrow will emerge from their time at school able to talk with honest pleasure and reflective optimism about their schooling. Featuring the views of schoolchildren, parents, educators and employers and drawing on Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas' years of experience in education, including their work with Building Learning Power and the Expansive Education Network, this powerful new book is sure to provoke thinking and debate.Just as Willy Russell's Educating Rita helped us rethink university, the authors of Educating Ruby invite fresh scrutiny of our schools.
Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. An acknowledged thought-leader in education, Bill has been a school leader and the founder of two national educational charities. With Guy Claxton he created the Expansive Education Network: an organisation of schools that share a common view of the goals of education, as outlined in their seminal book, Educating Ruby. Bill is in demand across the world as a researcher, speaker and facilitator. Bill's work on developing capabilities is widely used in Australia and across the UK. The model of creativity on which Practical Guide to Teaching Creative Thinking is based is the subject of a 14 country study by the OECD.