Category Archives: Education

From curiosity to compliance

It occurred to me the other day that before toddlers start school they are endlessly playful, curious, their hands into all sorts of things and a ceaseless list of ‘why’ questions. Good parenting involves interacting with such children in a … Continue reading

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Looking nervous, and gesturing with her left hand, she continued…(Baroness Chakrabarti)

I watched Robert Peston interview Baroness Chakrabarti on Peston on Sunday (ITV) and noted that she ‘spoke’ mostly with her left hand. This would make her a leftie, in the true sense of the word were she to also write … Continue reading

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In education, testing does not raise stated standards

Those who believe educational performance can be raised to standards by frequent, more rigorous and robust testing are using a non-pedagogic definition of education. Were they to do so they would know (a) that standards are stated eg. run a … Continue reading

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Seeing double: further steps in the left-to-right or right-to-left story

Remember the story so far? Gabriel ‘air writing’ the number 422, but by pointing right-to-left (RTL) while saying ie reading out, “2,2,4″. And that the interpretation is that Gabriel is a latent left hander. The next steps should provide sufficient … Continue reading

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Right to left reading writing: what a 4 year old can teach us

Walking back home, uphill, with my 4 year old grandson, Gabriel, the other day, we were chatting when he announced that he lived at “two two four”. In fact he lives at 422 ie. “four two two”. Clearly he has … Continue reading

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Is ‘radicalisation’ a substitute for ‘brain washing’?

Brainwashing was once the label given to the process whereby someone was induced to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and accept contrasting and often opposing ideas. When the connotations were bad this was otherwise known … Continue reading

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Where’s the common-ground: different worlds or dumbing down?

Would you say that ‘hire’ means ‘replacement’, and ‘not repairable’ means ‘not worth repairing’? And that ‘Mary’s’ and ‘Mary s’ means the same thing? For some there are no differences! Recently another motorist drove into me. Instead of letting my … Continue reading

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Does the education secretary know the difference between student and pupil.

On 2nd November the education secretary Nicky Morgan justified her proposed reintroduction of national tests for seven-year-olds in England, saying “robust” assessment was needed to measure progress in schools. To quote “To be really confident that students are progressing well … Continue reading

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Uta Frith vs Julian Elliott on dyslexia: and autism

Those familiar with Stephen Pepper’s World Hypotheses: A Study in Evidence, won’t be surprised at Uta Frith’s (FT Pioneering Force 11 October 12 October 2014 ) disagreement with Julian Elliott over the nature of dyslexia and its treatment. They inhabited … Continue reading

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If you’re certain you know you’re right put up your right hand

BBC Radio 4′s ‘Today in Parliament’ broadcast on Wed 8th January dealt with the issue of fiddling crime statistics .  The investigatory committee was the Public Administration Committee, chaired by Bernard Jenkin.  During the course of the report an intriguing … Continue reading

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