2nd Edition

Why Do I Need a Teacher When I've got Google? The essential guide to the big issues for every teacher

By Ian Gilbert Copyright 2014
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google? is just one of the challenging, controversial and thought-provoking questions Ian Gilbert poses in this urgent and invigorating book.

    Questioning the unquestionable, this fully updated new edition will make you re-consider everything you thought you knew about teaching and learning, such as:

    • Are you simply preparing the next generation of unemployed accountants?
    • What do you do for the ‘sweetcorn kids’ who come out of the education system in pretty much the same state as when they went in?
    • What’s the real point of school?
    • Exams – So whose bright idea was that?
    • Why ‘EQ’ is fast becoming the new ‘IQ’.
    • What will your school policy be on brain-enhancing technologies?
    • Which is the odd one out between a hamster and a caravan?

    With his customary combination of hard-hitting truths, practical classroom ideas and irreverent sense of humour, Ian Gilbert takes the reader on a breathless rollercoaster ride through burning issues of the twenty-first century, considering everything from the threats facing the world and the challenge of the BRIC economies to the link between eugenics and the 11+.

    As wide-ranging and exhaustively-researched as it is entertaining and accessible, this book is designed to challenge teachers and inform them – as well as encourage them – as they strive to design a twenty-first century learning experience that really does bring the best out of all young people. After all, the future of the world may just depend on it

    Preface 1. Save the World  2. The Future's Coming  3. The Great Educational Lie  4. So, Go On Then, Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google?  5. AQA v AQA 
    6. Your EQ Will Take You Further Than Your IQ  7. Nothing Is More Dangerous Than An Idea When It’s The Only Idea You’ve Got  8. It’s the Brain, Stupid  9. Neuromyths Debunked!  10. Your Hands In Their Brains  11. Talk to the Hand Coz the Nucleus Accumbens Ain’t Listening  12. Is That An Iron Bar Through Your Frontal Lobes Or Are You Just Pleased To See Me?  13. Don’t Make ‘Em Mad, Make’ Em Think? 
    14. Teacher's Little Helper  15. The ‘F-Word’  16. It Might be Touchy Feely But It’s Still The Most Important Thing You Do  17. What’s the Real Point of School?  18. An Accidental School System  19. Exams – So Whose Bright Idea Was That!?  20. Educated is not Enough  21. Is Yours a Teaching School or a Learning School?  22. Things That Get in the Way of the Learning That Are Nothing To Do with the Teaching  23. What Do You Use When You Don’t Know What To Do?  24. A Short Word on Thinking About Thinking  25. Remember to Succeed  26. How Are You Smart?  27. Muchos Pocos Hacen Un Mucho  28. Your Classroom Is Not Just An Environment In Which You Can Show How Clever You Are  29. Teach Less, Learn More  30. Enthusiasm and the Sort of 7% rule 
    31. Why Do I Need a Teacher When I own Google?  32. Everyone Remembers…


    Ian Gilbert is an educational innovator, award-winning writer, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker, delivering training to schools and colleges in the UK and worldwide for his ‘Independent Thinking’ organization.

    “This is a humorous roller coaster of a book, full of big ideas to improve learning and make you a better teacher. Ian Gilbert inspires through insightful, enthusiastic, reflective and well-researched wisdom and experience. Read it to ensure that you are not falling into bad-teacher traps.” - Julie Robinson, general secretary, Independent Schools Council