Dumbing Down the Arts

  The Guardian gushes: At a time when arts are squeezed in some schools, teachers are embracing them as a tool to teach the environment without realising it is this insidious belief that the arts are merely a pedagogical tool that is leading to a paucity of engagement with great art. The tragic figure of the starving … More Dumbing Down the Arts

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’

Building British Values, Character and Resilience in Every Child

The recent white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere states that the Government is set on: “Building character and resilience in every child” It continues by stating that: A 21st century education should prepare children for adult life by instilling the character traits and fundamental British values that will help them succeed: being resilient and knowing how to … More Building British Values, Character and Resilience in Every Child