Trivium 21st Century

Trivium 21st Century : Preparing Young People for the Future with Lessons from the Past

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Universities in the Middle Ages focused on three skills to develop the intellectual abilities of students - grammar, logic and rhetoric. In this well-researched and practical book author Martin Robinson shows how these three tenets are as relevant today as they were 800 years ago. Summed up as 'how things are represented, how things are known and how things are communicated', the Trivium - the foundation of medieval liberal arts education - is a powerful tool that teachers can employ to stretch all young people and develop a discipline for thinking and learning that will stand them in good stead in the 21st century, when skimming the surface seems to be the most that we can hope for. An important read for all teachers looking for deeper thinking in their students.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 17.78mm | 450g
  • Carmarthen, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178135054X
  • 9781781350546
  • 47,540

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Education policy and practice is a battleground. Traditionalists argue for the teaching of a privileged type of hard knowledge and deride soft skills. Progressives deride learning about great works of the past, preferring soft 21st century skills such as creativity and critical thinking. By looking at the great thinkers from Ancient Greece to the present day and through interviews with opinion formers, policy makers and practitioners, including Alain de Botton, Daniel T. Willingham, Matthew Taylor and Elizabeth Truss MP, this book explores whether a contemporary trivium (Grammar, Dialectic and Rhetoric) can unite institutions, teachers, politicians and parents in the common pursuit of providing a great education for our children in the 21st century.
"Martin Robinson sets out on a quest to discover the kind of education he wishes for his daughter and we all learn a great deal in the process. I love his writing: wise, well informed, provocative, thinking-out-loud. Robinson engages his reader from first to last. A terrific feat."
Melissa Benn, writer and author of School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education
"Trivium 21c is essential reading for all educators and observers of the seemingly endless public debate about education who wish to go beyond simplistic polarities and find a way to integrate and relate in a historical context seemingly contradictory approaches."
Ian Bauckham, Head Teacher and President, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) 2013-14
"In schools today a focus on contemporary relevance too often trumps educational depth. Martin Robinson makes a compelling case that turning instead to the tradition of the liberal arts can open the minds of a new generation.
Marc Sidwell, co-author of The School of Freedom, Managing Editor City A.M.
For the open-minded reader there is much to learn. I agree with Robinson that for students to acquire a sound blend of knowledge, questioning expertise, and communication skills (i.e. the trivium) is the basis of a great education.
Dr Jacek Brant, Head of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (CPA), Senior Lecturer in Business Education, Institute of Education, University of London
Anybody interested in education, citizenship, or how we want our children to learn would find this a thought-provoking read."
Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future, the independent think tank
After 20 years working in London in state schools - as teacher, head of department, AST, senior leader and QCA associate with a focus on creativity - Martin Robinson is now a parent, writer and consultant with an interest in how the arts should influence education.
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Table of contents

Contents include: Introduction: An Unexamined Life is not Worth Living A Trivial Pursuit? The Trivium Our Dramatis Personae: The Grammarians, the Dialecticians, and the Rhetoricians The Liberal Arts: A New Curriculum is Born The Rise of the Rational: The Fall of the Trivial? Trivium: A Clash of Cultures A Crack in Everything: The Imperfect Arts Grammar: From Rules of Language to Cultural Capital Dialectic: Logic, Dialectic, and Logos Rhetoric: Communication, Citizenship, and Community We Have a Montaigne to Climb The Professors The Grammarians vs. the Dialecticians The Contemporary Trivium
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Martin Robinson sets out on a quest to discover the kind of education he wishesfor his daughter and we all learn a great deal in the process. I love his writing: wise, well informed, provocative, thinking-out-loud. Robinson engages his reader from first to last. A terrific feat.Melissa Benn, writer and author of School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education Part reflective autobiography, part educational manifesto, Trivium 21c is both arichly erudite and engagingly relevant exploration of the purposes and philosophies underlying the enterprise of education. From ancient Greece through to contemporary controversy, Robinson draws resonantly on his experience as a student and a teacher to demonstrate that the 'trivium', the 'triple way', of grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric, still lies at the heart of a 'good education', albeit in new forms. With refreshing realism, he recognises that teachers in their work in the classroom often transcend many of the political storms about education. Citing almost every contemporary protagonist from our own era, he advances an approach which he describes as 'progressive traditionalism'. Trivium 21c is essential reading for all educators and observers of the seemingly endless public debate about education who wish to go beyond simplistic polarities and find a way to integrate and relate in a historical context seemingly contradictory approaches.Ian Bauckham Head Teacher and President, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) 2013-14 In schools today, a focus on contemporary relevance too often trumps educationaldepth. Martin Robinson makes a compelling case that turning instead to the tradition of the liberal arts can open the minds of a new generation.Marc Sidwell, co-author of The School of Freedom, Managing Editor City A.M. This is a charming book which is fun to read; it is contemplative and self-reflective and at the same time it is well-researched, informative, and genuinely s
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About Martin Robinson

Martin had taught for 20 years in State schools in London, as a teacher, head of department, head of faculty, assistant head teacher and AST. Now an entrepreneur, company director and Playwright and interested in developing creativity in schools.
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