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How schools came to serve the state

Arguing for changes to the structure of ‘schooling’ we employ in countries like New Zealand and the USA, Peter Gray provides a history of what we know as schools, beginning with an explanation of child-rearing in hunter-gatherer societies, then explaining the … Continue reading

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The educable animal

Peter Gray describes humans as ‘the educable animal’ (p.112) and I found this really interesting, because humans are also described as the storytelling animal… but storytelling is one way in which we meet our educational needs (in terms of education … Continue reading

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Peter Gray on free play vs resume building in childhood

Peter Gray writes: “Children are designed, by nature, to play and explore on their own, independently of adults. They need freedom in order to develop; without it they suffer. The drive to play freely is a basic, biological drive. Lack … Continue reading

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Raising standards is no good if they’re the wrong standards

In Ken Robinson’s Out of Our Minds, he considers the role of creativity – and how we might foster it. Robinson makes the following points and asks the following questions: “New forms of work rely increasingly on high levels of … Continue reading

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The educated person: 1. is widely knowledgeable and 2. knows ‘something’ in depth

Kieran Egan asserts: “Nearly everyone who has tried to describe an image of the educated person, from Plato to the present, includes at least two criteria: first, that educated people must be widely knowledgeable and, second, that they must know something … Continue reading

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School – that business of sitting at a desk among thirty or so others

Okay, so he wrote it some 15 years ago, but what Kieran Egan had to say in his The Educated Mind (1998) still seems relevant and readable! He wrote: “Education is one of the greatest consumers of public money in the Western … Continue reading

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On the Science and Culture of Learning – Kieran Egan

According to Kieran Egan, the reason “why so many research findings seem to have had no discernible beneficial impact on education is that most of the research on learning, development, and so on is not about education.” (p.182) Concluding his educational … Continue reading

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Herbert Spencer – according to Kieran Egan

“Men dress their children’s minds as they do their bodies, in the prevailing fashion” ~ Herbert Spencer, 1928 Explaining Herbert Spencer’s influence on education over the last century, Kieran Egan writes: “Although John Dewey’s educational ideas are widely known today, … Continue reading

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“Why the school has been a largely unsatisfactory institution”

“If we want to improve our schools, it is with the abstract and awkward realm of ideas that we must begin.” ~ Kieran Egan (p.x) “Beginning with ‘the abstract and awkward realm of ideas’ might not sound so bad” Egan … Continue reading

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Education … for democracy and non-violence…

I loved this essay – it should be a must-read for all educational leaders, and perhaps especially for those in English departments as we come up to 2014 and the anniversary of WWI, which will no doubt spark renewed interest … Continue reading

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