EduMod at the fringe.
Curriculum for Excellence 2.0
Scotland launched the Curriculum for Excellence in 2010 after a significant amount of research and international input. It has been lauded for putting pupils at the heart of the learning process, emphasising the development of skills, and empowering teachers as co-creators of the curriculum. So is it working? The government outlook is optimistic but teachers at the grassroots are not convinced. Is it time for a reboot? And if so, what direction should Scottish education be heading in? At EduMod’s launch, the biggest issue of them all in Scotland will be opened up and debated.
Rowena Arshad, Walter Humes & Neil McLennan
Scottish Youth Parliament: are student voices being heard?
Pupil voice is one of the hottest topics in education right now, but what do young people want from their education? Just how democratic should schools and universities be when it comes to decision-making? This EduMod session is sponsored by the Scottish Youth Parliament, one of the most powerful voices that young people in Scotland have. School leaders and policy makers everywhere take note, the speakers at this session know what they want, and they will be heard.
Nicola Bell & Ben McKendrick
Promoting Diversity in Education
For diversity to be celebrated in society, the education system needs to model and embrace diversity. In recent years positive initiatives have been launched to increase the diversity of the education profession, but what progress has really been made? Are different voices tolerated? Are glass ceilings being broken? This session brings together representatives of WomenED Scotland, BAMEed and LGBT Scotland to explore the richness of the education system, and what needs to be done to further the cause.
Chair: Sadia Hussain-Savuk
Lena Carter & Pran Patel
What role does education play in social mobility?
Should schools be the main engines of social mobility? Or are teachers being tasked with a responsibility that truly belongs to the government? Is the education system supporting those who need it the most, or is supporting a cyclical intellectual poverty? In this session, two of the leading commentators on social mobility in the UK, Darren McGarvey and Hashi Mohamed, will debate the issues and show where we are getting it wrong.
Chair: Vonnie Sandlan
Hashi Mohammed & Darren McGarvey
Will Artificial Intelligence liberate or infantilise humanity?
Artificial Intelligence is not just coming, it is already here. What effect will this have on education? Sir Anthony Seldon, one of international education’s brightest and most provocative minds, will be speaking about his book ‘The Fourth Education Revolution’, which explores the impact of technology on learning. This sessions will delve into the issues thrown up by AI and set out the possible future directions for humankind.
Sir Anthony Seldon
Are the Kids Alright? Generation Z’s mental health crisis
Much has been written about the psychology of millennials, but what about their successors, Generation Z? Mental health issues are a constant of public debate and there is a perceived epidemic among young people. Is this a case of increasing stress in society, or just greater detection rates? In this panel debate, four leading speakers and educationalists will debate the causes of the current crisis and explore possible solutions.
Lena Carter, Graham Goulden, Kate Jones & Sir Anthony Seldon
Scotland’s debt: the impact of the slave trade on the nation’s wealth
Scots have often salved their consciences over slavery by explaining as an English phenomenon; only a handful of ships left Scotland for the triangular trade and it barely registers in comparison to cities like Liverpool and Bristol. Yet this history needs to be challenged. Slavery provided a huge number of jobs for Scots, and money flowed from Scottish-owned plantations back to the home country. In this session, three of Scotland’s leading activists on reparative justice will analyse the debt that Scotland owes to the transatlantic slave trade, and what can be done to address this painful legacy.
Graham Campbell, Sir Geoff Palmer & Lisa Williams
Edinburgh’s slavery legacy
In the second EduMod session on slavery, a specific focus on the city of Edinburgh will shine a light on what Scotland’s capital city gained from the transatlantic trade. Much is known about Glasgow and the recent report by Glasgow University shows just how much wealth was channelled into the development of the Empire’s second city. What, then, of Edinburgh? Did it benefit to the same extent? And what traces of that history can still be seen as you walk the streets during the festival?
Graham Campbell, Sir Geoff Palmer & Lisa Williams
Teaching the Unspeakable: talking about genocide
This EduMod session is curated by the Holocaust Education Trust and Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. Genocide education is one of the most sensitive and challenging aspects of the curriculum, but it is essential if prejudice and intolerance are to be challenged in civil society. This session looks at two tragic events, the Holocaust and the genocide of the Bosnian War, and considers how the lessons learned can be extracted from the past and applied to the present.
Robert McNeil, Vice-chair of Remembering Srebrenica Scotland, and representatives from the Holocaust Education Trust
How to raise a teenager in 2019
Who would be a parent in 2019? Social media, stress and anxiety, knife crime and drugs, and many more issues besides keep parents of teenagers awake at night. Is it harder being a parent now, or should that narrative be challenged? In this session, highly experienced educators working with children and parents discuss all of these issues and suggest ways in which parents can support their children, helping them to navigate an ever more complex world.
Graham Goulden & Maria O’Neill
The RSA was founded during the Enlightenment by William Shipley in 1754 with the first meeting being held at Rawthmell’s Coffee House, Covent Garden, London. Its foundation sits in the middle of an era of enlightenment societies, many of which were founded in Scotland. This year RSA Scotland has chosen to focus on “the modern enlightenment.” In the RSA’s second session, Neil McLennan (RSA Fellow and Fellowship Councillor for Scotland) will explore the concert of Positive Education and how it might support calls for CfE 2.0 and a Curriculum for Enlightenment in Scotland.