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Greta Thunberg: what we can learn from her example

The following are my personal views arising from Greta’s words. On climate change Like Greta, I am with David Attenborough and the climate scientists. I actually believe Greta understates the seriousness of the crisis. It seems unlikely that the increase … Continue reading

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Greta Thunberg teaches us more than the truth about climate change

On 11 February 2019, Greta posted the following on her Facebook page. I am copying it here partly so I can link to it in future articles about education, but mainly because it is so inspiring that it brought tears … Continue reading

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What’s not to like?

When this question is asked by a politician, an unsolicited social media post, or someone selling you something, it is always wise to think about it very carefully. Here are some examples with answers in italics. Selling council houses to … Continue reading

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You can’t remember your way to understanding hard stuff

Probably the most important short statement ever made about teaching and learning is this from Vygotsky. As we know from investigations of concept formation, a concept is more than the sum of certain associative bonds formed by memory, more than … Continue reading

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Is the mental health crisis in English schools being driven by the changes in teaching methods demanded by marketisation?

School refusal, school exclusions, self harm, drug culture, gang violence, social media and child suicides all appear to be linked, but there is no consensus on either the main causes, or effective responses, as is clear from this Guardian article. … Continue reading

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Where does EEF stand on knowledge-based teaching?

The value of metacogition has been recognised by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and followers can sign up to receive a ten part briefing on the subject by Alex Quigley.¬†This is from the introduction to the first instalment. Since we … Continue reading

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The knowledge-based curriculum: self evident, or a Trojan horse for educational regime change?

The purpose of schools is to fill the heads of children with knowledge. Who could argue with that? It’s obvious right? ¬†‘Self evident’ has always been a slippery and transient concept. Ships cannot be made out of iron. Iron sinks, … Continue reading

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