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Enlightenment Now

The case for reason, science, humanism and progress, by Steven Pinker Book Review by Roger Titcombe. Steven Pinker is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. I am a fan of Pinker and as well this, his … Continue reading

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Beyond the exam factory: alternatives to high-stakes testing

This is the title of a publication by ‘More than a score’. More than  a score is a broad coalition established by the largest teachers’ union the NUT (now part of the NEU), parents’ organisations, academic researchers, and specialist associations … Continue reading

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The EEF casts new light on ‘The Attainment Gap’

This article was updated on 30 January 2018 to reflect further important information received. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published what is probably the most comprehensive study yet on ‘The Attainment Gap’, which has been the principal concern of … Continue reading

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Graduates don’t rate their degrees

Given Labour’s bold and exciting proposals for a free cradle to grave National Education Service, failures in the further and higher education sectors are also issues for schools. We are lucky to have six grandchildren, who bring us great joy. … 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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