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Ofsted · Philosophy of Education · Policy · 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

pedagogy · Powerful knowledge · Progressivism

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

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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