Shakespeare’s Schooling

Shakespeare’s Trivium, ‘The whining schoolboy …creeping like snail unwillingly to school’ It is not too hard to see Shakespeare in the schoolboy creeping snail-like to school – but thank goodness he didn’t play truant. The education he received at Stratford Grammar School is reflected in his plays. The aim of the school would have been … More Shakespeare’s Schooling

Schools, Business and ‘Providing Intelligence’

As April is the cruelest month I take a jaunt down by the river and see how things are progressing, so much building is going on, people moving in, putting plant pots on their balconies, and a bike on the nineteenth floor. Down on Greenwich Reach potential purchasers are promised property that combines: “…brilliant architecture, … More Schools, Business and ‘Providing Intelligence’

Drama Teaching, Socialisation and Indoctrination.

My whole view on the progressive vs traditional debate in education was formed during the late 80’s and early 90’s as a beginning teacher of drama. I would argue that more than any other subject drama was affected by this debate and that the ramifications still continue to this day. Dewey’s ideas that children learn … More Drama Teaching, Socialisation and Indoctrination.

Progressive Education, Shared Values, Play and Dirt…

Sir Ken Robinson’s award-winning work on creativity in education makes him a natural advocate for our movement. His belief that outdoor play and its benefits are “vital for education” and “vital for our families” resonates with our belief that playful children grow into great people. – “Dirt is Good” Pashi Sahlberg writes: When I look … More Progressive Education, Shared Values, Play and Dirt…

The Importance of Teaching ‘High Culture’

“As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” Gangsta’s Paradise: Coolio “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Psalms 23:4 King James’ Version The other day I was working with some teachers coming to the end of their training, the conversations were rich and rewarding and I have a … More The Importance of Teaching ‘High Culture’