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The Monkey-Proof Box by Jonathan Lear

The Monkey-Proof Box is an educational text that is unusually gripping and extremely readable. The book offers many useful insights that align with much of the current commentary on the importance of knowledge and the risks of teaching generic skills without focusing on deep understanding. However, Jonathan makes this much more accessible and meaningful in that he relates it to his own experience and, therefore, to practical application.

 

One of the most powerful aspects of The Monkey-Proof Box is Jonathan’s ability to take complex concepts and make them relatable to everyday life. For example, he discusses the importance of “mental models” – an idea that can be challenging to grasp – by describing how he uses them in his work as an engineer. This makes the book an invaluable resource for educators and anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of how people learn and think.

 

The Monkey-Proof Box is an essential read for anyone who cares about education and the future of our world. Jonathan’s insights will leave you feeling both inspired and empowered to make a difference.

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On Critical Pedagogy-Continuum (2011) by Henry A. Giroux

Giroux provides a critical analysis of the American education system, highlighting how it reproduces inequality and fails to meet the needs of all learners. He also discusses the importance of critical pedagogy in counteracting the forces of neoliberalism and globalisation. Critical Pedagogy is an important book for educators and educational theorists alike. It provides a comprehensive overview of Giroux’s work on pedagogy and will be of interest to those concerned with the role of education in society.

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