I wrote A Learner’s Paradise: How New Zealand is reimagining Education in 2015, over my summer holidays. I was invited to write it by the EdTechTeam who had just started publishing and had seen me present on NZ education. It was fun and quite easy to write with so many exciting things happening in my adopted homeland.
New Zealand education has charged further into the future since 2015 and so it’s time to make this book free. I received fantastic feedback from readers and a huge thank you to all those who bought a copy.
For those who didn’t, here’s the video advert to spark your interest and I hope you enjoy the book and share it with people who like to dream about the big picture in education.
A Learner’s Paradise:
How New Zealand is Reimagining Education
Description: Do you think education works? Does it meet the needs of future society, business and most importantly, the average school leaver? In this book, Richard Wells explains his amazement at how all the components of New Zealand education collaborate in creating an ever forward-moving system better prepared for the 21st century than any other. After teaching in the UK, Wells moved to New Zealand in 2006 to find there was no prescribed curriculum and teachers were trusted to run the whole system, including writing high school graduation assessments themselves. The Government is appreciated by teachers as a supportive aide to them as they hold each other to account in a positive and collaborative nationally networked system. In New Zealand, teachers are proud of the education system they operate and develop with their students, some being unaware of how lucky they are.
Wells explains each of the elements and organisations that jointly form the world’s leading 21st Century education system. He describes the developments and decisions that were made in achieving this and how it is moving into a phase of using student-negotiated national assessments that few other countries’ educators could even contemplate. The book is filled with useful diagrams and posters to illustrate key themes and pedagogies. Wells paints a picture of what happens when young people are measured by their depth of thinking and understanding and can personalise their approach to doing so. The book introduces you to a country where the leading people and schools shape the future of world public education.
Praise for A Learner’s Paradise:
“Richard Wells paints a powerful portrait on what learning looks like in New Zealand and encourages educators to reflect and act on how they can move forward within their own schools. These narratives from around the world help create a story of what is possible in schools today no matter where you are in the world.” — George Couros,
Division principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Parkland School Division, @gcouros
“A Learner’s Paradise, explores the initiatives that New Zealand has put into place which challenge the status quo and foster a forward-thinking approach to putting students on a successful path to lifelong learning.
I hope everyone interested in the futures of all young people will take the opportunity to read this book.” — C. M. Rubin, author,
The Global Search for Education, @CMRubinWorld