I found this TED Talk really interesting. Charles Leadbeater talks about education innovation in the slums. He discusses the importance of PULLing people into education rather than PUSHing education on them. Relating their learning to their life experiences, what is important to them, is more important than teaching them about the history of the Royal Family for example. Leadbeater suggests that a set curriculum is not necessarily beneficial to good education as it is not meaningful to those we are teaching.
It’s a challenge for us as educators to make learning authentic and relevant to our students.