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 and as a society
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 environment and the planet
Habitat destruction and loss of plant life in Britain exemplify global problems
Animals in Peril
Hunting to extinction, thriving illegal trade in threatened species, mass slaughter of wildlife
An Ailing Planet
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.
These urgent life issues cannot be tackled through the current subject-based approach to learning. It does not adequately equip children with the education and skills they will need and is therefore not fit for purpose.