The modern world presents us all with fundamental life-challenges — challenges for us as individuals, challenges for us as communities and as a society, and challenges for the future of the planet.
Challenges we face as individuals
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, lethargy and depression.
Mental ill-health, anxiety and depression, and emotional disengagement.
Lack of sleep, junk food, sedentary lifestyles, drugs, alcohol, stress, trauma and the ‘I’m alright’ brain.
Challenges we face as communities
Speech delay, stunted vocabulary, reading poverty and blighted prospects.
Child and domestic abuse, sexual violence, family breakdown and workplace stress.
Racism, hate crimes, violence, segregation, loneliness and social isolation.
Challenges facing the planet
Habitat destruction and loss of plant life in Britain exemplify global problems.
Habitat destruction, hunting to extinction, a thriving illegal trade in threatened species, mass slaughter of wildlife.
The planet faces an existential threat, the result in large part of human neglect, ignorance and wilful misuse of its resources.
These huge challenges are why we need to change the way learning for children aged 5 to 11 is organised. Urgent life issues cannot be tackled through the current subject-based approach to learning. Learning must be life-based to tackle life problems. What you intend is what you get.