Monthly Archives: May 2012

What’s On Your Doorstep?

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A friend placed a photo on Facebook with a caption “Look at my new front garden!” It was a familiar sight; the Pembrokeshire coastline from Tenby High Street – and it looked as beautiful as ever.

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The CBI and the Voice of the Journalists

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In the Guardian this week there was an extremely interesting article that reported on the CBI director general’s speech about his and the business world’s concern about education. It was strong stuff! Teaching to tests and exams is not providing … Continue reading

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Enlightenment! Thanks To The CBI.

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A Crack Where The Light Gets In? To be fair to the Confederation of British Industry, which is not necessarily an organisation concerned with social justice and enlightened pedagogy, this isn’t the first time the CBI has said in effect … Continue reading

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Personal Intelligence, Self-Knowledge and Spiritual Intelligence

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Self-Knowledge One of the major news stories this weekend was the flotation of Facebook for 100 billion dollars. It was interesting that a major profile in the New York Times (a version of which was reprinted in the Observer) carried … Continue reading

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Loving Learning, and Lifelong Learning

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Peter Ackroyd said on Radio 4 this weekend, “I developed a love of learning at an early age”. He talked about how much he enjoys researching for his various books, which  demonstrates his continued love of learning. His writing is … Continue reading

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Standards, Attainment and Achievement – Can We Be Clear What We’re Talking About?

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Consider this powerful and shocking headline from a recent newspaper article: Schools ‘face talent drain’ as morale of teachers dives: Poll shows thousands are thinking of quitting as former Ofsted chief warns of widespread disillusionment http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/may/12/schools-face-talent-drain By Daniel Boffey Morale … Continue reading

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Multiple Intelligences and Political Opinions

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There’s a curious column written by Simon Jenkins in today’s Guardian, in which he discusses our political opinions and allegencies, and where they come from. He references a book by Jonathan Haidt, called The Righteous Mind, on the subject of … Continue reading

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The Frying Pan, the Fire, the Furnace and Finland

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Here’s an interesting take on leadership, management and high performance teams: “You have to enjoy your work and be content. Satisfied. You have to have an atmosphere in which it is pleasant to work. But you can only do it … Continue reading

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Social Justice, Education, and the Pupil Premium

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After a rare weekend of sunshine, the weather returned to normal yesterday. Can this really be fair? Does Britain deserve such continuously dreary, dismal, wet weather? A scary thought. What if it does?

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The Creative Process. It’s a Spiritual Thing

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Why is the Upper House of Parliament still called the House of Lords? If it was called the House of Ladies, would the Lords really stand for that? The front page of the Observer Review today features a major 4-page … Continue reading

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