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?
Two arguments have been prevalent in education discourse for a number of years: one, that the content of the curriculum is just a reflection of power relations and two, that all truth is relative. The arguments are often expressed as questions: ‘whose truth?’ And ‘whose knowledge?’ These ideas are then used to back up the idea that the curriculum should be personalised … More Confine Post-truth Education into the Dustbin of History
The Sunday Times has published an article by Boris Johnson arguing the case for remaining in the EU, that it was written a mere two days before he announced he would be campaigning for Brexit has led to a good number of people bemoaning Boris’s hypocrisy. First there was ‘two Jags’ Prescott, now there is … More Boris ‘Two Articles’ Johnson
And should the curriculum be white? In today’s Guardian is a piece bemoaning the award of the Nobel Prize for literature to Bob Dylan; as an idea that is perfectly acceptable however, the piece argues that the reason for not awarding Mr Zimmerman the Nobel should be because of his whiteness and maleness. The Nobel … More Should White Men Get Awards?
Think how useless a teacher’s greatest labours are now, when he tries to lead one single student back to the infinitely distant and elusive Hellenic world, the true homeland of our culture, and an hour later that same student reaches for a newspaper or popular novel or one of those scholarly books whose style bears … More Pokémon Go! Must We be Servants of the Present Moment?
Originally posted on SurrealAnarchy:
Do you remember the days when people voted Conservative because of economic competence, calmness in the face of a storm, ability to know what to do when faced with a crisis and an utter belief in the importance of tradition and the need for strong institutions, and a strong and United…
This morning I attended a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson in which he argued that the discipline of dance was as important as that of maths. Now, let me nail my colours to the mast, I also believe that every school should teach the arts as well as maths, humanities, languages, sciences, design etc. … More Is Dance as Important as Maths?
“…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
Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
‘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…
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