Monthly Archives: August 2012

Looking Beyond Grades

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but we really need to stop using the term “skills” when we’re in fact discussing “intelligences” that lie beyond mere academic ability. This terminology really matters.

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Lessons from Singapore?

(Sir) Michael Barber is an appalling New Labourite who worked hand in glove with David Blunkett, Tony Blair (as head of Blair’s ‘policy unit’ in Downing Street) and Chris Woodhead to ‘drive up standards’ in education through putting in place … Continue reading

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The Education Debates – Part One

Sigh. It’s hard to stay positive sometimes. Much as I admire and respect the BBC’s efforts to inform, educate and entertain, I hate it when serious programmes are required to ‘balance’ their presentations by including zealous, elitist, think-tank idiots. And … Continue reading

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What Is Education For?

“What is education FOR? Is it to teach us the nature of reality, or to give us the tools to deal with it?” So said Melvyn Bragg in the introduction to his “In Our Time” programme which focused on education, … Continue reading

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The Olympic Games, Virtuous Citizens, and Multiple Intelligences

The less said about the Olympics closing ceremony, the better. Although we could could go on at length about it. For the most part it was more than two hours of silly, shallow, showbizzy nonsense, with some truly terrible music … Continue reading

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Memories from the Beginning

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I was fortunate enough to get tickets for the dress rehearsal of the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Everyone in the stadium was asked to “Save the Surprise” which is why these photographs haven’t been posted before. Once more it is a … Continue reading

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The Legacy of the Games

This fortnight of Olympic enjoyment has been utterly brilliant, and the excitement and admiration for Team GB in Britain is still at fever pitch. And rightly so. Our GB competitors have broken records, outperformed their expectations and demonstrated high levels … Continue reading

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