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The world of education is in a state of failure. Our teachers are quitting in droves, their natural passion for education stifled. Your children are being let down by a system unfit for our rapidly-changing world, leaving them wholly-unprepared to survive the age of automation.


Pulling no punches, education technologist and entrepreneur Priya Lakhani outlines how badly we have failed, and who is to blame – while charting a course for a brighter future. From feeble government reforms to growing mental health crises, Priya leaves no stone unturned in exposing the Inadequate state of education.

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The world of education is in a state of failure. Our teachers are quitting in droves, their natural passion for education stifled. Your children are being let down by a system unfit for our rapidly-changing world, leaving them wholly-unprepared to survive the age of automation.

Pulling no punches, education technologist and entrepreneur Priya Lakhani outlines how badly we have failed, and who is to blame – while charting a course for a brighter future. From feeble government reforms to growing mental health crises, Priya leaves no stone unturned in exposing the Inadequate state of education.

“Essential reading for parents, teachers and policy-makers.”
Jo Johnson, former Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

“Priya Lakhani is a visionary thinker. Yesterday, her words seemed speculative. Today they are coming into being. Tomorrow, educators, parents and politicians will be left behind if they haven't listened to her.”
Sir Anthony Seldon, former Master, Wellington College

“A fascinating book, written by someone whose energy and passion for education are boundless. Packed with interesting ideas and insightful feedback from educators and educational leaders who are using AI for positive change.”
Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL

“Priya Lakhani uses her forensic analysis skills to identify all the key problems with our broken education system. Her vision for education is profoundly human but turbocharged by the tools of technology to offer real hope for teachers and learners.”
Lord Jim Knight, former Schools Minister

“Priya Lakhani sets out a vision for ending the game of education policy as political ping-pong, breaking out of our obsession with accountability, and creating an education system fit for the brave new world in which we find ourselves. It's a book that constantly challenges the status quo, setting out a compelling and optimistic vision of what education could and should look like. It's an intoxicating, uplifting read.”
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders

About the Author

Priya Lakhani OBE is the Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech, the award-winning artificial intelligence education technology company. CENTURY is the global leader in AI-powered learning tools for schools and families, working in dozens of countries across the world. In 2008, Priya left her career as a barrister to launch a successful cooking-sauce business, which through its charitable foundation provided millions of meals and thousands of vaccinations to the underprivileged in India and Africa, and funded several schools.

Priya was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chancellor in 2009 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014. She was a business advisor to the UK's coalition government, was appointed to the UK government's AI Council in 2019 and is a regular commentator on global news for the BBC.

In 2018, Priya co-founded the Institute for Ethical AI in Education. In 2018, CENTURY won a prestigious MIT SOLVE (Education) award, and in 2019, Priya was named Economic Innovator of the Year by The Spectator. In 2020, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Coventry University's engineering faculty and appointed Honorary Vice President of the Council of British International Schools.

Additional Information

Author Priya Lakhani
ISBN 9781912906222
No of pages 156
Format Paperback
Publication Date 2 Nov 2020

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