Powerful knowledge · Progressivism · Teaching and Learning

On “powerful”progressive teaching: creating the discourse of the subject

Recently I was talking to a group of friends, not high achievers, in the conventional sense,  but well educated. Okay, they were teachers. Somehow the conversation got around to the most pointless things we learned at school. Universally it was mathematics at secondary school. We could all remember the words: sin, cosine and the quadratic…… Continue reading On “powerful”progressive teaching: creating the discourse of the subject

Education and Politics · Powerful knowledge · Traditionalism

On powerful knowledge, extremism and the legacy of Gove’s insular approach to curriculum

In my last blog I tried to show how the classic education of the Greeks was adapted by the church and, as a consequence, the education system became a tightly classified two tier system consisting of the trivium and quadrivium. Based upon a scriptural canon the knower was inculcated into the knowledge of the scriptures.… Continue reading On powerful knowledge, extremism and the legacy of Gove’s insular approach to curriculum

Philosophy of education · Powerful knowledge · Research · Teaching and Learning · Traditionalism

The dangers for education of a simplistic ’cause and effect’ model of knowledge development

Biesta (2014) makes the point that none of us can have failed to notice that over the last few years there has been an ongoing discussion about the place of knowledge in the curriculum: In a number of recent publications, the British sociologist Michael Young has argued that there is a need to bring knowledge… Continue reading The dangers for education of a simplistic ’cause and effect’ model of knowledge development