BBC World Service Forum Programme on Education

24 September 2012, 6pm

24 September 2012 (6pm - 7pm + drinks)
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

CSaP is hosting a discussion programme in front of a live audience, for the BBC World Service Forum programme, the focus of which will be Education.

The programme will start at 6pm in Buckingham House Lecture Theatre at Murray Edwards College and will be followed by a drinks reception in the foyer.


Hosting the programme will be Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal, Past President of the Royal Society, and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

British education expert Professor Alison Wolf explains how future education relates to the labour market – and vice versa. Wolf is Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London. She has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons select committee on education and skills. Alison wrote the Review of Vocational Education commissioned by the Secretary of Education in 2011, which spurred a broad debate about vocational training.

Global education consultant Alexandra Draxler challenges the idea that education exists to prep us for our first job. By letting economy take over our educational system, we are unlearning children to think, she says. Shaping attitudes, values and curiosity – the core task of education – isn’t to be measured in economic output.

Entrepreneur Conrad Wolfram co-manages the technology venture Wolfram Research. He is on a mission to change how we teach maths. By bringing technology to the classroom, we can experiment, interact and make learning truly engaging. Creativity and passion is what we should be teaching.

This is part of a series in which distinguished global figures will present a discussion with a panel of guests to shed fresh insight onto the big questions of our time. The Forum’s unique Big Five series will focus on tackling five big challenges of our age: Inequality, Leadership, Ageing, the Individual versus Society, and Education.

Every week the Forum show features world renowned thinkers as guests. Previous contributors include Nobel Prize laureates such as Martin Chalfie, Venki Ramakrishnan, Wangari Maathai, Amartya Sen, Elizabeth Blackburn, Elinor Ostrom, Harold Varmus and Frank Wilczek, and many other scientists, philosophers, novelists, artists and entrepreneurs. For more information, go to bbcworldservice.com/forum.

Broadcast Times

The Forum goes out on the BBC World Service which reaches 180 million worldwide each week, and is broadcast on the weekend. It lasts for forty minutes.

On radio, this programme will be broadcast on BBC World Service on Saturday/ Sunday, 29/30th September.

UK broadcast times, on DAB, cable, Freeview are: Sat 23:05, Sun 02:05, 12:05

Go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmeguide/ for times outside the UK. (NB: If clicking on any of the links on this page doesn't work - or if you get asked for passwords - please copy and paste them into your browser).

It is also be available online from Sunday, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004kln9 (online streaming and information).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/forum (podcast/download) and it will be permanently available in The Forum archive: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004kln9/episodes/player

Dr Alexandra Draxler

Teachers Without Borders

Lord Martin Rees

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

Professor Alison Wolf

King's College London (KCL)

Mr Conrad Wolfram

Wolfram Research