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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, citizenship, knowledge economies and ‘The Disappearance of Adulthood’

I quite enjoyed this article… there were parts of it I wanted to question him further on, but lots of it that just made a pile of sense… these are those bits: Lawrence Quill writes: “In 1982, Neil Postman wrote The … Continue reading

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ECE and the validation of ‘western’ views of childhood

Marilyn Fleer writes that: “…what has become valued within the profession of early childhood education is essentially a western view of childhood and development.”[1] She asserts that the institutional structure of western learning, heavily influenced by the organization of factories, … Continue reading

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Making progress possible – Education Acts and dumb luck with decent politicians

An old article on RA Butler, architect of Britain’s ‘great’ 1944 Education Act (who succeeded in making changes in a tricky post – a portfolio given to him by Churchill with the intention of dropping him from view), offers up … Continue reading

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Assessment in ECE and alternatives to Learning Stories

Ken Blaiklock has expressed concern that “there is little empirical evidence that the widespread [and government funded] use of Learning Stories can be justified in terms of gains for children’s learning.” He has reflected critically (and publicly) on the Learning Story … Continue reading

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A curriculum with tribal links

I really liked this concept – “A curriculum with tribal links” – which was mentioned in the Education Gazette of 7th May, 2012 and it came up in my thoughts again today when listening to Radio National’s Nine to Noon … Continue reading

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An overwhelmingly visual medium

“The sheer volume of information available through computer technology encourages this kind of quick-fire response.  There is just too much to see, or at least too many possibilities to explore.  Thus, a situation emerges in which a high-speed search for … Continue reading

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The origins of standardised testing…

“The origins of standardized testing go back to Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin and creator of the infamous bell curve.  In 1869, Galton published hereditary Genius, a book in which he hypothesized that one could measure the … Continue reading

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