Outside the Square: are teachers obsolete?

12 October 2017

Outside the Square is a new series of interactive talks designed especially for alumni and friends of the University of Sydney.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas meets Q&A; the series is held off-campus at the Old Rum Store—a five-minute stroll from Central, in Chippendale’s Creative Precinct—where prickly contemporary issues are unpacked by our sharpest academics and graduate experts in front of a live audience who use their phones to comment and ask questions. There’s drinks. There’s fancy food. It’s fun.

It could change the way you think. Let’s find out.



Google, Wikipedia, YouTube.

At a time when anyone with a smart phone and an internet connection can access vast sums of information within seconds: how relevant are teachers today? And what about tomorrow?

The proliferation of social media and technology in student’s lives has changed classrooms irrevocably: knowledge is now beyond the control of educational institutions and those running classrooms. Are our universities, schools and teachers adequately prepared for the 21st century? What role, if any, can they play in addressing the concerns faced by young people in shifting and uncertain times? How can we prepare educators for a lifetime of preparing young people for their future worlds?


  • Professor Michael Anderson - Professor of Education (Arts and Creativity)
  • Donna Loughran - Principal, Doonside High School
  • Matt Esterman - Education Specialist, Six Ideas Global
  • Eddie Woo - Head Mathematics Teacher, Cherrybrook Technology High School 

Places are limited, bookings essential. Ticket price includes drinks and canapés by the renowned chefs of Eastside Grill.

Event details

Outside the Square: are teachers obsolete?

Where Level 3, The Old Rum Store
Kensington Street,Chippendale Creative Precinct

12 October 2017

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