Monthly Archives: October 2012

Science, Metaphysics and Spiritual Intelligence

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In our previous post we highlighted some interesting and in fact crucial questions posed by Prof Michael Sandel. What is a ‘social contract’? What are our rights and responsibilities? How do kindness, generosity and philanthropy benefit ourselves as well as … Continue reading

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A Public Philosopher, and A Great Teacher

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It was good to hear Professor Michael Sandel back on Radio 4 this morning: Sharing The American Dream http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio4/2012/10/the_public_philosopher_part_2.html Various issues were raised in the programme, which took the form of a Socratic dialogue with an audience at Harvard University: What is … Continue reading

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Thoughts in Water

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“Thalassa kluzei panta t’anthropon kaka” Euripedes, from the play “Medea” So says the Greek lettering on a building in Tenby, South Wales. “The sea washes away all men’s ills” is its translation and is part of the town’s emblem.

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Academic Competitiveness

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Here’s an interesting question: “What’s your experience with academic competitiveness?” The person who asked it – Brenna Gee, who writes a favourite blog of ours called space2live – has recently posted a piece called I’d Rather Not Compete With You: … Continue reading

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How Not To Run A Railway, Or An Education System

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This morning’s 3D Eye post was going to be about the momentous fortnight it’s been for education in England – starting with Simon Jenkins’ “Devastating Critique” of our education system  in which he details the collapse of educational progressivism in … Continue reading

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Tweeting Headteachers and a Need to Reform Education

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There’s an interesting article in the Guardian this week by Fiona Millar, on headteachers joining together to discuss educational issues and thereby acting as a kind of self-selected lobbying organisation. Isn’t this what education’s trade unions and professional associations should … Continue reading

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Still Seeking Answers to Social Mobility and School Improvement

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Is it just us, or is Guardian columnist Estelle Morris (Baroness Morris of Yardley to all of yows) still the same fence-sitting New Labourite who knows little about Primary practice and pedagogy she always was? Is it just us, or … Continue reading

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Love, Hate and Everything in Between

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“Love, Hate and Everything in Between” is quite a vast concept for a documentary film. There’s so much to consider, and limiting it to less than an hour must have been a task in itself. Last night the RSA (Royal … Continue reading

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The Intelligence of Music

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“If music be the food of love, play on.” This well-known opening line from “Twelfth Night” is often quoted as the definitive statement about music, yet it is the second line that always rings a chord with me. “Give me … Continue reading

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Free Education from Politicians

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When are we going to return education to educationalists? We’ve had decades now of politicians and civil servants directing curriculum and policy on education without having any experience whatsoever in teaching or child development. When was the last time we … Continue reading

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