Philosophy of Education

The question posed was “are all classrooms unique?”

The question posed was “are all classrooms unique?” They are but not every aspect of a classroom is unique. The classroom is a microcosm of the social world. So what is unique? The individual students are unique. They have agency and a unique psycho-biography. On the other hand individual students also have dispositions conditioned by society.… Continue reading The question posed was “are all classrooms unique?”

Policy

Academic educationalists need to engage with the new education debate or risk being sidelined

Introduction Reading one or to blogs recently set me thinking about the increasingly influential educational debate that is burgeoning  in both the traditional and social media. More particularly who is engaged in it and the legitimacy of some of the ideas.  . One in particular rattled my cage. An article in the Irish times by… Continue reading Academic educationalists need to engage with the new education debate or risk being sidelined

Policy

On Michaela Community School: knowledge imprisons you whilst doubt sets you free

Where I come from there is a tradition of drinking Benedictine. For those not in the know Benedictine is a herbal liqueur developed by Alexandre Le Grand. I don’t know how many on eduTwitter drink “bene “n” hot” but I do, it’s a tradition. Apparently, soldiers from East Lancashire used to drink benedictine to keep… Continue reading On Michaela Community School: knowledge imprisons you whilst doubt sets you free

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“What works” and “what next”: some hopes for for 2015 #nurture1415

It’s been my first year blogging and “twittering”. Overall a positive experience. The vast majority engage intelligently and honestly.  I have learned an awful lot. So thank you. Not sure if this conforms to the nurture format, it’s not personal and a little bit dry, but I was half way through a Blog and ……..well… Continue reading “What works” and “what next”: some hopes for for 2015 #nurture1415

Philosophy of Education

We have Education as Science, and now Art but where is the Social?

In my last BLOG I described a feeling that some BLOGGERS have the attitude that science has the answers, and everything else is just various shades of “piffle”. Of course by science I mean the scientific method. Or, in reality some kind of discursive socially constructed variant of the scientific method that has, in some… Continue reading We have Education as Science, and now Art but where is the Social?

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On Freire, Hirsch and indoctrination: falling in love with statues is not always a good idea

In the first line of his epic poem, metamorphosis, the Roman poet Ovid sets the scene for the themes that he intends to cover, in nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora, my mind leads me to tell of forms changed into new bodies, or similar, myth and change is Ovid’s concern. Later, much later,… Continue reading On Freire, Hirsch and indoctrination: falling in love with statues is not always a good idea