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Educating Ruby: What Our Children Really Need to Learn

by Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas Crown House Publishing
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Pbk 224 pages
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With the election looming education is a key topic - teachers, parents, employers need to stand up and have their say on the future of education.

Everyone knows schools need rethinking – our political and educational worlds teem with critiques and proposals. But few speak from the heart: from the perspectives and concerns of teachers, children and families as human beings (rather than as deliverers or recipients of the curriculum).

For many people, Willy Russell’s Educating Rita offered a radical insight into the then class-ridden world of universities. In Educating Ruby, acclaimed thought-leaders Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas imagine how school life could be more fulfilling for a latter-day Rita, now named Ruby.

Bill and Guy show 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 achieve well in public examinations.

Educating Ruby is a powerful call to action for everyone who cares about education in an uncertain world. It 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.
Prof Guy Claxton is Emeritus Professor at Winchester University and Visiting Professor of Education at King’s College London. He has previously taught and researched at Oxford University, Bristol University and the University of London Institute of Education. An internationally renowned cognitive scientist, Guy’s books include Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind; Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning; The Wayward Mind; and Intelligence in the Flesh. Recent books in education include What’s the Point of School?; Building Learning Power; and with Bill Lucas and others, New Kinds of Smart, The Learning Powered School; and Educating Ruby. Guy’s Building Learning Power approach to teaching is widely used in all kinds of schools across the UK, as well as in Poland, Dubai, Indonesia, India, China, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina.



Professor Bill Lucas color="#221E1F">is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. He is now also joining the Mitchell Institute as an international adviser. 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 for schools who see the goals of education as including much that is central to Educating Ruby.  As an author, often with Guy Claxton, he has written more than forty widely translated books which have sold more than half a million copies, including Help your child to succeed, and, for the BBC, Happy Families: how to make one, how to keep one. Bill is in demand across the world as a researcher, speaker and facilitator.