“…there just aren’t enough fizzy people around.” Tham Khai Meng co-chairman and worldwide chief creative officer of Ogilvy & Mather In a ‘Supported by the Best Awards’ piece in the Guardian Tham Kei Meng writes that “Young children fizz with ideas. But the moment they go to school, they begin to lose the freedom to … More Conformist Schools for Creativity
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‘In some ways I don’t feel like a teacher at all anymore. I prepare children for tests. They’ve not enjoyed it, I’ve not enjoyed it, but we’ve done it : and one thing my children know how to do is answer test questions’ Zoë Brown Zoe and her fiancé Tim…
‘In some ways I don’t feel like a teacher at all anymore. I prepare children for tests. They’ve not enjoyed it, I’ve not enjoyed it, but we’ve done it : and one thing my children know how to do is answer test questions’ Zoë Brown Zoe and her fiancé Tim Paramour have both made a … More Don’t Panic About Tests
The organisers had put together an interesting day, some great speakers were primed to offer their insights, wit and intelligent observations… Then it all went pear shaped or, maybe, blob shaped. Can we separate the fact from the fiction? Will the truth be told? Instead of traditionalists running away from the school of progressives … More The Blob Goes Back To Sleep
British society is riven by class prejudice, education has done its best to ensure these prejudices are retained. Whether it be the public schools for the upper classes and the secondary modern for the children of the working class, ‘I know my place’ has resounded down the years through folklore and education policy. Comprehensive education … More Is a Classroom a Room for Class?
Increasingly, digital access is freeing teaching and learning from the constraints of prescribed curricular content. Michael Fullan and Maria Langworthy There’s an old trope that goes round and round in which it is said: “Some teachers taught the curriculum today. Other teachers taught students today. And there’s a big difference.” I love binaries, they help … More Should You Stop Teaching The Curriculum?
The job of the conservative is to conserve the tradition, the job of the progressive is to challenge the tradition, shake it up and, maybe, break it. Imagine a society that was deeply conservative, it would stagnate, change would not happen, the same rituals and ways of seeing and being would be passed on and … More A Few Lines for the SATS strike…
Are schools exam factories? Take a look at a picture of a contemporary factory production line, how does the analogy pan out? Are the robots teachers? The products, children? The outcome, the exam? If a car factory makes cars, an exam factory makes exams, Pearson? Well, no, the child must be the outcome, but not any colour … More Are Schools Exam Factories?