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The irrational rationality of educational policy making

  In a recent speech launching the Education white paper, Nicky Morgan said: We have not only the best qualified workforce in history, but also a workforce that is increasingly focused on constant self-improvement, that is driven by the evidence and which like other professions is breaking new boundaries, sharing what works, challenging one another and… Continue reading The irrational rationality of educational policy making

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Social objects, Space-time and Quirks in Educational policy making

In 1906, soon after Albert Einstein announced his special theory of relativity, his former college teacher in mathematics, Hermann Minkowski, developed a new scheme for thinking about space and time: Space-time does not evolve, it simply exists. When we examine a particular object from the stand point of its space-time representation, every particle is located… Continue reading Social objects, Space-time and Quirks in Educational policy making

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On feedback in education: norm circles and evidence proxies

I’ve been thinking about feedback. More specifically how do you know whether it is any good or not? Despite the research I’m not convinced that feedback is a good thing per se. Good feedback is a good thing, bad feedback isn’t. Unfortunately, feedback has become a virtue as a “thing in itself”. I’m not convinced… Continue reading On feedback in education: norm circles and evidence proxies

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On the value of ideas and the search for causality in the classroom

Can an idea be “real” like a light bulb or a torch? Does the text of a book contain something more than just symbols on a page? Does an idea have a causal effect measurable by empirical science? I was pondering these questions whilst watching the world pour opprobrium on Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims.… Continue reading On the value of ideas and the search for causality in the classroom

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On Nicky Morgan’s workload promise: how much progress has been made in a year?

A year ago Nicky Morgan promised to reduce teacher workloads I thought it would be interesting to track the progress of “the promise”. Related blogs 1. Bureaucracy is sucking the life out of teaching 2. Nicky Morgan and educational bureaucracy: in politics ideology trumps practical solutions 3. Should-we-learn-to-love-our-shackles?  Any other blogs would be great Scroll to… Continue reading On Nicky Morgan’s workload promise: how much progress has been made in a year?

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Nicky Morgan and educational bureaucracy: in politics ideology trumps practical solutions

The education system is a bureaucracy. In other words an administrative system associated with some social endeavour or other. More recently, a bureaucracy has become a term with negative connotations. I suppose its modern meaning conjures up images of workloads increased by pointless paperwork and dysfunctionality. Michael Gove came into office promising to do something… Continue reading Nicky Morgan and educational bureaucracy: in politics ideology trumps practical solutions

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Is the “Michaela way” really just gaming the system dressed up as ideology?

Oh dear I find myself talking about Michaela Community School again. I don’t want to you get  a lot of stick talking about Michaela. Is it worth the effort? On the other hand I feel as though the one or two or even three blogs that have recently been written about Michaela, demand an alternative… Continue reading Is the “Michaela way” really just gaming the system dressed up as ideology?