The 8-Bit Instructor: Changing the Narrative of Education with Jared Cooney Horvath and David Bott (EP033)

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Episode 33

This week, Jared Cooney Horvath and David Bott, authors of 10 Things Schools Get Wrong (And How We Can Get Them Right), join me and discuss the Narrative that is currently driving education and what we can do about it. Plus, I’ve got some news from IXL and Google.

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Treasure Chest:

“Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.”

Lao Tzu
  • Failure isn’t bad; it’s only the beginning
  • We have to make sure we build on those foundations

Boss Battle: Changing the Narrative of Education with Jared Cooney Horvath and David Bott

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and best-selling author.  He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 250 schools internationally.  He currently serves as Director of LME Global: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioral research to teachers, students, and parents alike.

Twitter: @JCHorvath



David Bott is the Associate Director of the Institute of Positive Education. David is a sought-after speaker
and education consultant who works with government organisations and some of the world’s leading
schools to help guide wellbeing vision and strategy. David sits on the Dubai Future Council for Education,
is a Director on the PESA (Positive Education Schools Association) board, and has published in academic
journals and industry periodicals. David’s bestselling book, 10 Things Schools Get Wrong: And How We
Can Get Them Right was published in 2020.

Twitter: @davidbott

  • What do we mean by Narrative?
    • A worldview that drives everything we do
    • 3 key components:
      • Organize how the world has gotten to where it is
      • Establish clear societal norms and rules
      • Identify what it means to be an individual inside this story
  • The narrative that is driving most schools: Economic Consumer
    • Everything is predicated on economics
    • Your self-worth is tied up in your wealth and the goods you own
    • In school, you’re here to get the skills to get the highest-paying job
  • How do we change the Narrative?
    • Systemic change can happen at ground level
    • “We must recognize that teachers are empowered to make significant cultural change at the grassroots level.”
    • It has to happen day-to-day
  • Find your Narrative and embed it in your classroom

Check out Jared and David’s new book, 10 Things Schools Get Wrong (And How We Can Get Them Right)

Get it on Amazon

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Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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