Education and Politics · Philosophy of education · Progressivism

On the epistemic fallacy: a response to Tim and Martin:

I thought I would write a reply to two great blogs one by Martin Robinson and a second by Tim Taylor. Both great bloggers. I am conscious of reducing their respective opinions to one blog, which would be unfair so this is really just a contribution to the debate on the basis that their views are… Continue reading On the epistemic fallacy: a response to Tim and Martin:

Education and Politics · OFSTED · Philosophy of education · Policy and Practice · Progressivism

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? Do ideas 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. Few… Continue reading On the value of ideas and the search for causality in the classroom

British Values · Education and Culture

On Nadiya and “how it is that an 87 year old retired professor …….”

A question was recently posed in a blog: How is it that an 87 year old retired professor from the University of Virginia has had such an influence on the English curriculum? I do not want to address the points raised in that blog it was addressing a different issue. I do want to offer… Continue reading On Nadiya and “how it is that an 87 year old retired professor …….”

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 had ever learned at school. Universally it was Math at secondary school. We could all remember the words: sin, cosine and… Continue reading On “powerful”progressive teaching: creating the discourse of the subject

Education and Politics · Policy and Practice

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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The battle for the future of education is being waged over autonomy and not ideology

It seems to me that there is a general tendency amongst bloggers to assume that someone somewhere has an ideology they just cannot tolerate. Ideologies compete for acceptance. Straw men are constructed, knocked down, rebuilt and knocked down again. I absolutely reject that I do it, of course, I am right and that is that.… Continue reading The battle for the future of education is being waged over autonomy and not ideology