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The teacher’s daily job is to raise the dead

“Knowledge is preserved in dead codes – dessicated symbols in books – and the teacher’s daily job is to raise the dead, to bring the codes back to life in new minds.” ~ Kieran Egan (p.109, An Imaginative Approach) “Knowledge is … 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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Knowledge exists only in living tissues in our bodies

“Knowledge exists only in living tissues in our bodies; what exists in libraries and computers are codes. People are the only repositories of knowledge. Forgetting the metaphorical sense in which we casually refer to books or computers containing knowledge is … Continue reading

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The 4G Spectrum debate

The most recent episode of Te Tēpu dealt with the 4G spectrum claim and was really interesting – the arguments presented are incredibly valid and merit serious consideration by educators. Te Tēpu Sunday 14 July 2013 http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/te-tepu/S09E014/te-tepu

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“Men are suddenly nomadic gatherers of knowledge”

I like this phrase! Lawrence Quill attributes it to “that prophet of technology, Marshall McLuhan” (p.338), quoting him as saying: “…with electricity and automation, the technology of fragmented processes suddenly fuses with the human dialogue and the need for over-all consideration of human unity. Men … Continue reading

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War and science in the 20th century

The aforementioned Julian Cribb and Tjempaka Sari point out: “…ordinary people are required to pay for science through their taxes, but are often denied information about it, or have little say over its application and control – and are then … Continue reading

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“bad writing wastes good science”

I quite enjoy what Julian Cribb has to say… and in that vein, I’m enjoying the book he co-authored with Tjempaka Sari. Their discussion of the need for better science communication is convincing. They also offer incredibly sage advice on … Continue reading

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Picture books, critical literacy and place

Margaret Zeegers wrote an article some time ago in which she analysed certain Australian picture books for the way they hid or exposed indigenous landrights and indigenous histories. Her interest was based on the observation that many schools are on … Continue reading

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