Category Archives: Pedagogy

Last warning now! Right!!!

This is a perfect example of how the hegemony of the right operates. The “Last warning now! Right!!!! was uttered by an overweight, short’s wearing father while holding with his left hand his son’s – aged 3-4 – right hand … Continue reading

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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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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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When left is wrong: a 4 year old’s instance of the hegemony of the /right/

When getting ready for school, 4 year old grandson Gabriel and I regularly ‘play’ the putting on the shoes game before going to school. We sit two steps up the turn of the stairs. The ‘game’ consists of saying and … 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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Infants’ atypical hand use and autism: consequence, cause or concomitant?

The journal Child Development recently reported the results of a study by Libertus and others into the the onset and functional implications of differences in early motor development of infants later diagnosed as autistic.  They noted that “atypical motor behaviors … 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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Why depict Cameron as a right-hander: handling an ex-service man’s plight

Those familiar with the way left handers manipulate objects will have been surprised to see Cameron holding the Rubik’s cube, in a mirror fashion, with his left hand and twisting it with his the right – in the illustration accompanying … Continue reading

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BPS condemns expert’s action-research practice.

Faigman argues that as a general matter the various types of expert testimony courts see can be divided roughly into five categories. In summary: In the first category are experts who propose to testify to a general or specific scientific … Continue reading

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