Knowledge is only power if you can apply it

Teaching children how to think, discuss and make collective decisions is at least as important as filling their brains with facts, argues Rachel Lopiccolo

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all had that moment where we have said “What was the point in learning algebra/the periodic table/(insert your own gripe here)?” because we’ve not needed it since GCSE.

Don’t get me wrong, knowledge is important – it is power, some might say – but without the capability to use it, the confidence to make decisions with it and to apply that knowledge to ever-changing situations, have we actually taught our students anything?

It’s the opportunities that we provide for children to apply their knowledge, grow in confidence and develop life skills that will enable future ...

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