What is the purpose of education? Graham Moore discusses the culture and relationships that are vital to what most teachers see as the true goals of education. He offers a range of ideas, and ultimately urges school leaders to put aside accountability and ministerial diktat and ask ‘What if?’

So I have recently turned 52 and having lost three really close friends in the first six weeks of 2016, I am obviously turning inwardly and reflecting upon my own mortality.
In the first few months of a new year, I asked myself questions that had previously gone ignored. Do I have a will? Are my wife and family protected adequately if I should check out earlier than expected? Is my pension enough to see me through comfortably?
Not a great way to start the year nor indeed an article on education.

When faced with these stark realities though, one also reflects on the state of our world – its fragile climate, failing economies, growing tension between major countries, rising mistrust of anyone other than our own creed, to name but a few of the challenges we face as a global community.

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