‘We are looking at facts and education as it was 100 years ago…that’s not innovation’

The enthusiasm of pupils is the best way to push teachers to embrace scientific discovery – not the other way around, insists John Baruch. The well-travelled professor talks with Martin George about China’s embrace of the fourth industrial revolution, science-tinged soap operas in Tanzania and Bradford’s dormant pensioner-educator army

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You’ve probably never heard of John Baruch. But this quietly spoken astrophysicist from Bradford has already made a major mark in education, introducing practical science to the gaokao – the ultracompetitive school-leavers exam sat by millions of pupils in China every year.

Now the septuagenarian believes he can do much more in helping school systems all over the world to prepare for the technological revolution that is about to engulf us all.

His solution is an unusual one in that it, to a large extent, bypasses schools. And Baruch – a “retired” academic with four visiting professorships in ...

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