Education and Politics · Philosophy of education · Progressivism · Research · Traditionalism

On non-cognitive skills and the “no position” position

I was interested over the Christmas period to follow, and engage with, the debate about the Progressive-Neo-Traditionalist dichotomy. I have also read some critiques of the dichotomy like this one by Stephen Tierney. It seemed to me that this particular blog conforms to the “no position” position. This usually entails a critique of the dichotomy before suggesting… Continue reading On non-cognitive skills and the “no position” position

Philosophy of education · Progressivism · Traditionalism

Traditionalist and progressive knowledge: causally related but analytically distinct

Introduction In this blog I would like to offer a view of the progressive v traditionalist dichotomy through the lens of structure, culture and agency. I am also going to argue that ideas can exist as material objects in the social world. There is a proviso; the ideas must have the potential to be understood.… Continue reading Traditionalist and progressive knowledge: causally related but analytically distinct

Philosophy of education · Progressivism · Traditionalism

Recent history shows the value of the Prog v Trad divide

There are, on the internet, numerous lists categorising progressivism and traditionalism. Mostly they are wrong for one simple reason, the dividing line between the two is not pedagogical but philosophical. You can use direct instruction in both approaches but in different ways and for different reasons. It is not only how it is taught but… Continue reading Recent history shows the value of the Prog v Trad divide

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