Kieran Egan


On his book The Future of Education: Reimagining Our Schools from the Ground Up

Cover Interview of January 26, 2009


The aim of the book is to persuade people that the school as we know it is both an ineffective institution and also a doomed institution.  What is offered is a kind of recipe for rescuing what is good about the idea of education and showing how we can rebuild schools that will be much more successful in educating children.  I hope the book will stimulate people to reflect on the school in a more radical way than is common—what is common is the search for scapegoats for inadequacies, or the suggestion that some particular innovation cure will fix them.  To read most books about education, you would get the idea that some particular reform—more attention to “the basics,” more freedom for children’s exploration, voucher systems and market disciplines, greater use of technology, and so on—would make the school work satisfactorily.  I show that the problem with our modern idea of the school is not fixable by the array of remedies currently on offer.  The problem lies elsewhere, and fixing it requires of us the tougher task of rethinking the idea of education.

© 2009 Kieran Egan