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Progressivism, classroom violence and traditional teaching in English schools in the 1970’s

I thought I would just respond to a recent twitter debate about “dominant ideology denialism”. The idea being that progressive ideologies have dominated education for the last thirty years. Some, including myself, are sceptical. It was suggested by Sue Cowley that perhaps age was a factor. I thought I would explore what has shaped my… Continue reading Progressivism, classroom violence and traditional teaching in English schools in the 1970’s

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On tacit knowledge Daisy Christodoulou could learn, a thing or two, from Jacques Derrida

I was a bit bemused reading Daisy Christodoulou’s piece on tacit knowledge. The point of the piece seemed to be that when attempting to achieve “quality writing” the use of criterion and rules become proxies for quality. I agree, I have (in the past, ahem, a long time ago) taught to tests, when required. Played the game.  In… Continue reading On tacit knowledge Daisy Christodoulou could learn, a thing or two, from Jacques Derrida

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The Sue Cowley question: education, social circumstance and knowledge

Sue Cowley recently posted, on twitter, the question: It reminded me of that famous Rousseau quote” (wo)man is born free, but (s)he is everywhere in chains,” .Or the Marx variant; “(wo)men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please”. Of course, apologies to Sue, I have put my own spin on it. I… Continue reading The Sue Cowley question: education, social circumstance and knowledge