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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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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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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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Blood, Sweat and Tears in a Bottle of Palestinian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

We’ve been reviewing our science curriculum, and a large focus at the start of this was on sustainability… understanding the politics of foodways is a huge part of this. Meneley, Anne (2011) Blood, Sweat and Tears in a Bottle of … 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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Ages, stages, and educational institutions

“Children are given different social roles and responsibilities based on their perceived level of social competence rather than their age. Yet in many industrialized nations the age of children underpins the way we organize preschool, childcare and schools. Before the … Continue reading

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“The teaching process for Māori students is usually a cross-cultural encounter.”

There’s a new book I’ve only just started reading, but which I’ve already taken a shine to – Kia Tangi Te Tītī – Permission to Speak. It explores, as the NZCER blurb explains, “what constitutes successful schooling for Māori students … Continue reading

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The importance of understanding children’s communities

“As suggested by Rogoff et al. (1998), we need to begin to understand ‘the development of children in the context of their own communities’ and this requires the ‘study of the local goals and means of approaching life’.”[1] There’s just … 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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Pressures on ECE

“…many practitioners feel responsible for and justify their implementation of school-based curriculum, arguing that whanau/families request ‘reading, writing and maths’ and ‘preparation for school’. Although Carr and May (1999) are outspoken about Te Whariki‘s focus away from subject-specific curriculum, many … Continue reading

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