Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Teaching of History: The Debate Continues.

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“Study the past if you would define the future” – Confucius History is debatable. As Mark Twain, amongst others, said “The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” It is open to interpretation. As Napoleon Bonaparte … Continue reading

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Is Teaching Becoming a Service Industry?

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Following yesterday’s post, here’s the link to the Telegraph article which reported details of Tony Little’s criticisms of government education policy – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10485148/Teaching-being-turned-into-a-service-industry-says-Eton-head.html Teaching being turned into a ‘service industry’, says Eton head The headmaster of Eton College warns that … Continue reading

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Speaking Truth to Power – Gove’s Parallel Universe

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An article published by the Guardian this week, written by Laura McInerney, revealed some interesting findings from her scrutiny of the latest full PISA report. Essentially the survey reveals that it’s our best independent schools that are flying the flag … Continue reading

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PISA, Private Schools and Progressivism

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We live in interesting times. This is from yesterday’s Guardian: Gove’s ‘progressive betrayal’ seems to be a private school phenomenon My research using the Pisa data found that state school pupils report more ‘traditional’ teaching than in private schools, says … Continue reading

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Education, Affluenza and Human Values

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“I contend that most emotional distress is best understood as a rational response to sick societies.” – Oliver James “They are also ruled by superficial values – how attractive they look, how famous they are, how much they are able … Continue reading

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Joining the Dots and Tackling Affluenza

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It’s a thing we often try to do – joining the dots. Not so much to see “the bigger picture” as to see the picture at all. Let’s start this week off with a few more dots and see how … Continue reading

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A Walk in the City – Urban Inspirations

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Professor Richard Dawkins spoke on the radio this week about the feelings of awe and wonder he gets from contemplating nature – its majesty and its mystery. Such feelings are  transcendental and spiritual and owe nothing to religion: they are … Continue reading

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A Gift of Reading for Christmas

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What might be the greatest gift you could give a child this Christmas? The latest electronic gadget? A trip to a pantomime? The top selling “Furby”? Or a really brilliant book? How do we – parents and teachers – enable … Continue reading

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Madiba: A Man for Humanity

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Today in Soweto, the world is paying tribute to Madiba – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Today is also World Human Rights Day, and the 20th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration. http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/ If ever there was a person that represented the highest … Continue reading

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OECD, PISA, Shanghai, Singapore – Lessons to be Learned in Education

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The 2012/13 OECD PISA results are out today. As far as we are concerned, there are no surprises. Shanghai/China and Singapore are at the top of this table which is exactly as we expected. http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-overview.pdf What concerns us is the … Continue reading

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