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  • t  new technology will continue to change, at an ever increasing rate, the way we live, work and interrelate;
  • t  our education system needs to both align with these changes and evolve organically with future changes; and
    t  methods of learning and teaching need to ensure students acquire skills not only for employment and academic excellence but for living life.
Chiron College
An Innovative Senior Secondary School 1969-76

"The 1960’s - 1970’s were a time of great change with the social conventions of the 1950’s being rejected by the younger generation. A new cultural movement grew championing free speech, world peace, women’s rights, gay rights & alternate concepts of spiritualism while opposing warfare, racial discrimination, authoritarianism & materialism.


We observed that the highly structured and authoritarian system of education in traditional schools suppressed imagination, creativity, innovation and critical thinking by enforcing conformity; and many young students were rebelling against this system and seeking alternate opportunities.

We developed a new approach for senior secondary education; a student-centred learning environment in which young people could become self motivated learners and be self responsible, self determining individuals.

While gaining their HSC was a major objective we believed that because education is a social, emotional & physical maturing process, not merely an intellectual one that school needed to be an integral part of society, not an isolated institution within it.

So the students studied their chosen HSC subjects within the broader framework of interaction with community; discussing social issues, meeting people from many professions & walks of life, asking questions, having debates and making decisions."

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  • t  while automation is replacing the labour work force the new technology is opening doors to new opportunities;
  • t  learning how to acquire, evaluate and manage information is more important than committing data to memory; and
  • t  learning–how-to learn provides the skills to adapt to ongoing changes in lifestyle and vocation

Education for the 21st Century

"Today’s schools are organized to produce Industrial Age worker-citizens. If schools are to prepare young people for successful lives in the 21st century, they need to do things differently. 21st century schools need to develop different skills and dispositions from those that were required in the 20th century.This can’t be done simply by adding these ‘new’ skills and dispositions to the existing curriculum....A new mindset is required, one that can take account of the new meaning of knowledge and the new contexts and purposes for learning this knowledge." Shifting to 21st Century Thinking




“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.” Noam Chomsky, linguist, cognitive scientists & philosopher




Our style of education is nolonger justified

 We now need a new system of education with new core values that aligns with todays needs; a system that provides a student-centred approach, creating opportunities for young people to develop as individuals and to acquire skills needed to live a healthy, happy and productive life in a constantly changing environment.

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  • t our curiosity awakens our desire to learn, our imagination inspires creativity and our individuality enables us to innovate;
  • t nurturing these innate attributes is fundamental for developing new 21stCentury skills; and
  • t education is a social, emotional, physical and spiritual maturing process and the test of maturity is self managed action.

Chiron Revisited

‘Nearly 40 years after the advent of Chiron we are still calling it a progressive school,’ came a voice on the day of the Forum in 2012. ‘What a shame that is.’

If there was a sentiment of the day, that was it. Where are the Chiron schools of today? How difficult it is to find schools for our own sons and daughters – schools which encourage them to ask questions; which treat them with respect, rather than simply demand it; which foster learning as a potentially fun experience and conducts it in an atmosphere without fear?

How many of us hoped back then, perhaps even believed, that in a few decades the Chiron model of education would become the norm.
That we were just the first of the many laying the groundwork for a system that was clearly a better alternative for all concerned – students, teachers, parents and the community; a system that once it was seen working, would obviously be adopted to replace a an antique structure that was clearly out-dated?

Anthony Lambert

Journalist Anthony Lambert, News Limited; Chiron Student 1975-76


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  • t  fostering each student’s awareness of their individual freedom, rights and responsibilities prepares them for a positive role in a democracy;
  • t  self-esteem, mutual respect and celebration of cultural diversity creates a harmonious learning environment; and
    t  encouraging students to explore their individual interests is the strongest motivator.

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The obstacles that stand in the way of facing challenges are a reason changes need to be made. While we struggle to maintain the outdated status quo pretending it is a comfort zone we turn a blind eye to reality perpetuating & inceasing problems we should be facing & solving

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 “The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”  

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  • t  guiding students across a variety of learning methods educators enable students to develop greater adaptability;
  • t  educators, being free to express personal convictions and beliefs in the context of comparing ideas without prejudice, demonstrate respect for diversity; and
    t  while recognizing the changing needs of individual students educators themselves need to be capable of change.

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Much has been written and spoken about the need to change the education system in Australia & elsewhere.

The Success of Chiron College Plus  that of Others demonstrates

how Positive Changes can be made; and

Finding Solutions & Making Changes today will establish a New Mindset for Facing Future Change

Caklls for change


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  • t  learning is not limited to the school’s buildings nor teaching to its staff;
  • t  school is a learning environment without walls : engaging with community, exploring local phenomena and going global via digital technology; and
    t teaching is enhanced by engaging mentors, academics, artists, professional practitioners and spiritual leaders to share their expertise

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"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." 

Steve Jobs Entrepreneur 1955 - 2011



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Let's share ideas on how we can have a better education system for the 21st Century 

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    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead


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