Tag Archives: Toby Young

OECD: PISA on Problem-Solving

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OECD has released the results of the first PISA assessment of creative problem solving this week. 85,000 students from 44 countries did a computer-based test to identify whether they could transfer their knowledge into solving real-life problems. http://www.oecd.org/education/singapore-and-korea-top-first-oecd-pisa-problem-solving-test.htm There’s some … Continue reading

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Misrepresentation of Child-Centred Education

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The title of a panel discussion at the Wellington College Festival of Education last Saturday was “What do we want our children to know?” I’d been warned beforehand. This would be a rough ride. When there are so many excellent … Continue reading

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A Festival of Education – Some Initial Observations

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It’s hard know where to begin with this post on the Festival of Education at Wellington College. Since I’m still feeling riled by Toby Young’s comment about child centred education being “balls”, that would seem an appropriate place to kick … Continue reading

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Liz Truss, nurseries, hothouses and economics

Liz Truss. Let’s cut to the chase. She’s a neo-liberal economist who now has responsibility for education and childcare in this neo-conservative government because of her far-right Friedmanite Chicago School beliefs in the power of the free market to remedy … Continue reading

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‘Cultural Literacy’, ‘Key Facts’ and Hard Times

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Teachers, parents and school governors need to take a look at this report in the Guardian this week: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/oct/15/hirsch-core-knowledge-curriculum-review Hirschism, if there is such a thing, is spreading fast through the English school system. Two proposed new primary free schools … Continue reading

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