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Social objects, Space-time and Quirks in Educational policy making

In 1906, Albert Einstein announced his special theory of relativity. Soon after, Hermann Minkowski, his former college teacher in mathematics,  developed a new schema for thinking about space and time: Space-time does not evolve, it simply exists. When we examine a particular object from the stand point of its space-time representation, every particle is located… Continue reading Social objects, Space-time and Quirks in Educational policy making

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On disability and disadvantage: the impact of Mr Gradgrind and Dame Austerity

Should we be worried about the disabled and the disadvantaged in education particularly, but not solely,  post secondary education? It is hard to know exactly what is going on. Colleagues in various educational settings suggest we should be however there are a number of competing paradigms; parental choice, inclusivity, institutional autonomy, Math and English provision to… Continue reading On disability and disadvantage: the impact of Mr Gradgrind and Dame Austerity

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If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes education

In a recent BLOG Sam Freedman commented on a speech made by Professor Robert Coe and described the possibility that standards are not improving in education. I must admit some skepticism about the data used to justify the view that standards have not risen however it is an important contribution to the educational debate. Given that the… Continue reading If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes education