Kieran Egan


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

Cover Interview of January 26, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“A “history” of education from 2010 to 2060.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Our schools are dysfunctional because they try to perform three incompatible tasks at the same time—1. socializing children to the norms, conventions and values of their society; 2. shaping their minds to make them skeptical of the norms, conventions, and values of their and other societies; 3. aiming to ensure the development of each child’s individual potential as far as possible.”

On the second:

“To read most books about education, you would get the idea that some particular reform [...] 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.”