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Graduates don’t rate their degrees

We are lucky to have six grandchildren, who bring us great joy. The eldest of these will soon be thinking about university and naturally we hope the younger ones will follow: or do we? My wife and I are both … Continue reading

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The Learning Instinct

The inspiration for this article is Steven Pinker’s 1994 book, ‘The Language Instinct’, in which he builds on Chomsky’s assertion of the existence in the human genome of a universal grammar, as the explanation for the astonishingly rapid development of … Continue reading

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There is another way and it appears to work

I recently received this link to a video posted on Facebook. It is presented by Michael Moore and appears to have been made on a visit to Finland, where he interviewed teachers and school students. Many years ago major changes … Continue reading

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When is a skill not a skill?

Answer: when it’s a general cognitive ability. In the behaviourist ideology of the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) that is increasingly dominating the English school system through the expansion of Academies and Free Schools, the validity of general cognitive ability … Continue reading

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The ‘attainment gap’ still misunderstood

This is the latest example from a BBC report of 3 August. “The very poorest children in England have fallen even further behind their non-disadvantaged classmates since 2007, research says.┬áThe Education Policy Institute study suggests the most disadvantaged pupils are … Continue reading

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Why Labour’s National Education Service is such a powerful idea

Mellissa Benn wrote about this in a Guardian article of 18 July 2017: There could not be a more favourable time for the development of a fresh vision for state education, one that is, in the words of one senior … Continue reading

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Is the EEF failing to see the wood for the trees?

For many years the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), which is part funded by the Department for Education, has been evaluating approaches to teaching and learning in English schools. “The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking … Continue reading

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