We love learning. We love students. We love teachers. We love schools. We love the idea that education can help shape amazing people. The kind of people who innovate solutions that heal broken hearts, who design spaces that allow the whole earth to breathe, who write songs that free us to express the depth of emotion in our soul, and who affect the world in a way that releases and generates new learning.
We hate misrepresentation of research because it is damaging to young minds, frustrating to schools and teachers who are trying really hard, and heartbreaking to families. We hate bad education policies that have not been thought through properly. We hate flimsy school jargon based on whims and fads and politics. We hate false hopes for expensive quick-fixes. We hate knowing there are young minds out there wanting to learn, teachers wanting to teach them, parents wanting to know what is going on and policy makers and schools trying to do anything to produce an education that is not left wanting…
We know that neuroscience and psychology don’t have all the answers. We know that policy makers, schools and teachers are working really hard. We know your child is trying. We know that money does not grow on trees. We know there are only six hours in the school day, and somehow the curriculum needs to be covered by the end of the year in time for reports. We know that teachers really need their holidays and nobody has any time. We know you care.
We believe that connecting the interdisciplinary field of education, neuroscience and psychology through ethical, open and honest dialogue is a way forward. We believe it is possible to present evidence based research from reputed academic sources in a way applicable to your students and accessible to time poor teachers, schools and policy makers without compromising on the integrity of the research. We believe in IDEALearning.