JUST THE FACTS MAN
My name is Robert (robito) Chatwin and I have almost 20 years experience teaching in primary, secondary and higher education institutions around the world.
I trained in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Psychology at university in Oxford, and was later given qualified teacher Status (QTS) from a special training programme awarded at the Houses of Parliament.
Over the years, I have delivered Teacher Training workshops at educational conferences in many countries, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia and Bulgaria, and worked directly with the Ministry of Education in Russia and Kazakhstan.
As a Critical Thinking and Solutions Educator, my passion is teaching the art of critical thinking to empower people with the knowledge and skills to be able to understand and increase their own personal health and happiness, the health and happiness of those in the world around them, and the health of the planet on a global scale.
In the classroom, my teaching methodology is dynamic.
I use active, fun, hands-on visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (tactile) learning techniques along with a learner-centred, project-based, nature-based and solutions-focused approach to provide students with the critical thinking skills and social-emotional skills to be empowered and confident change-makers.
Each summer, I teach English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at one of the most prestigious universities in the UK, developing students’ language and study competence to enable them to be effective critical thinkers and perform well on their future degrees.
The rest of the year I travel around the world delivering my own programme for free (on a donation basis). I do this because I believe learning how to tell fact from fiction and identify the solutions to today’s personal and global issues is no longer just helpful – it is essential!
A typical academic curriculum may cover some of the problems we face in the world, such as the consequences of climate change, but it covers very little about how the current industrial growth society we live in today is causing these problems, and even less about what we can do to change it.
Teachers and students are excited about new innovations and solutions that fix today’s problems, but they are not in the conventional curriculum. This is the case in academic institutions the world over, and it is not surprising.
Schools are designed to prepare us to go into the workforce and contribute to the current system. The problem is that, as we all know, this system is now rapidly destroying our planet, and us.
Education is not only in our schools. The Oxford dictionary defines education as “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university”, but it is not only in academic institutions that we are given systematic instruction on what to think.
The mainstream media also fits this description. In the news, for example, we are systematically taught all about the world’s problems. We are of course also told that governments are working to fix them; yet climate change, war, poverty and environmental destruction keep increasing.
Meanwhile, the advertisements in newspapers, on TV, online, and on billboards across the world, constantly teach us that we are here to keep buying and consuming. Consumerism, the message goes, will make us happy, and create a healthy economy at the same time; yet mental and physical illness is at epidemic proportions, while the world’s economies are in ever-increasing debt.
In other words, we are all being educated all the time that our purpose is to earn money, consume, and let those in charge sort out our future. Then we share that message with the people around us, and pass on that information to our children.
All this leaves us feeling rather helpless, like there is nothing much we can do. But is this the only reality, or is there another way to see the world that we are not being taught? What are we not being told?
As the traditionally Western concern for human rights and social justice merges with the traditionally Eastern focus on self-realisation, globalisation has actually presented us with the answer. We need a paradigm shift in the way we think and behave – we need to change – and that is exactly what is happening on a global scale right now.
The fact is that today, in 2018, we not only have the solutions to fix all of our personal and global problems, the people, communities and movements already involved in these solutions are uniting – a solutions revolution is upon us.
I named this project Wake Up World Education (WUWE) because my mission is to contribute to this global solutions movement by switching people on (or waking people up) to the wonderful, empowering world of solutions, and the great transition taking place.