In the fourth post of this series I suggested that all curricula teach knowledge and therefore some people think the idea of a ‘knowledge-based’ curriculum is no different as all curricula ‘teach knowledge’. But the term ‘knowledge-based’ does not mean merely the teaching of knowledge, there is much more to it than that. The first … More What is a Knowledge-Based Curriculum? Curriculum Series Number Five.
ED Hirsch Jr.’s new book ‘Why Knowledge Matters’ is a good read. It covers some old ground, focuses on areas in which his mind has changed and clarifies others in the light of experience and research. I am pleased to see, in his acknowledgements, that we share some similar philosophical interests, especially Husserl, Hegel and … More Why Knowledge Matters by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
“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’
Schooling changes lives. That is the claim. Without having attended school our lives would be different, how different we do not know but, clearly education makes a difference. A liberal arts education is an education for freedom. This seems laudable but what does it mean? Freeing a person through knowledge, insight, and initiating them into … More Schools Should Not Teach the End of History
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” GK Chesterton We need to summon up the spirit of, the albeit fictional, Ned Ludd and Captain Swing. We need to smash up the 21st century equivalents of the threshing machines and power looms! O Teachers! Click on this … More Teachers! A Call to Arms!
Although I don’t like to talk about it I’ve got a soft spot for Gradgrind. Not exactly a sympathetic character, I know, but let’s look beyond his, er, how shall we say… foibles… for a minute and look at his emphasis on Facts. “Fact, fact, fact!” repeated Thomas Gradgrind.” THOMAS GRADGRIND, sir. A man of realities. A … More Where Gradgrind Got It Right; Teaching the Trivium: On Grammar