School 21, A ‘Conversation’ With Peter Hyman.

Late last year I had a long conversation with Peter Hyman in which we looked at areas of agreement in our education philosophies and areas where we disagree. This conversation took place within the walls of Windsor Castle, a most un-revolutionary backdrop, steeped in history, a place beautifully unencumbered by 21st Century thinking, unless you count the aeroplanes … More School 21, A ‘Conversation’ With Peter Hyman.

Assessment and the Arts

  The anti-Ken Robinson Robinson talks about cognitive dualism, the need for the subjective and the problems that creates for¬†schools in a high stakes assessment and accountability system. If the arts are subjective how can they be measured fairly? If they are assessed more objectively can they be considered to be¬†worthwhile subjects of study?  

George Monbiot on Factory Schools and the Future of Education

On his website George Monbiot writes that: While you can be definitively wrong, you cannot be definitely right. The best anyone can do is constantly to review the evidence and to keep improving and updating their knowledge. Journalism which attempts this is worth reading. Journalism which does not is a waste of time. Just as … More George Monbiot on Factory Schools and the Future of Education

Katie Hopkins, Denial, and Teaching ‘Critical Thinking’

AQA state that: A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. For a teacher this is quite a challenge, especially in ‘politically charged’ days like these. Days in which the ‘politically impartial’ speaker of the House of … More Katie Hopkins, Denial, and Teaching ‘Critical Thinking’