Education Myths

With so many myths in education, it’s a wonder anyone learns anything at all: Seven Myths About Education 8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness Myths in Education, Learning and Teaching 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools 10 Myths About Education in the US and What It will Take to Fix Our Schools […]

‘Gove’s academies: 1980s idea rebranded?’ by Mike Baker

BBC News, August 2010 “In education, if you wait long enough, most ideas come full circle. This week saw Royal Assent for the Academies Bill, one of the fastest pieces of education law ever enacted. But while it could have far-reaching implications, the Academies Act actually turns back the clock to a reform brought in […]

Why Must We Repeat The Mistakes of Education’s History? Edmond Holmes On The Revised Code of 1862

Below is an excerpt from the writings of Edmond Holmes a notable Irish educator and former Chief Inspector of Schools in England of a century or so ago. In What Is And What Might Be: A Study Of Education In General And Elementary Education In Particular, 1911, Holmes retells the story of the Revised Code […]

Rationalism in Education: Michael Oakeshott

“The object of this essay is to consider the character and pedigree of the most remarkable intellectual fashion of post-Renaissance Europe. The Rationalism with which I am concerned is modern Rationalism. The general character and disposition of the Rationalist are, I think., difficult to identify. At bottom he stands (he always stands) for independence of […]

John Stuart Mill’s Blueprint for Education Reform

“Consider, for example, the case of education. Is it not almost a self-evident axiom, that the State should require and compel the education, up to a certain standard, of every human being who is born its citizen? Yet who is there that is not afraid to recognise and assert this truth?” “Hardly any one indeed […]

John Dewey on the “Commercialised” Use of Applied Science

“It is an incident of human history, and a rather appalling incident, that applied science has been so largely made an equivalent of use for private and economic class purposes and privileges. When inquiry is narrowed by such motivation or interest, the consequence is in so far disastrous both to science and to human life. […]

The Real Problem is “The Snob”, Not “The Blob”, Mr. Gove.

The Snob, n. – A person who admires and seeks to imitate, or associate with, those of higher social status or greater wealth; one who wishes to be regarded as a person of social importance. – A person who despises those whom he or she considers to be inferior in rank, attainment, or taste. First […]

What Makes Daniel Willingham A Scientist?

“Our curriculum is based on years of analysis of the world’s most successful school systems, from east Asia to Massachusetts, and is backed by leading academics such as scientist Daniel Willingham” (Elizabeth Truss MP, Conservative Minister for education) “Antidote to Twitter idiocy: The science behind Gove approach on curriculum: http://www.danielwillingham.com/1/post/2013/02/the-science-in-goves-speech.html” (Tory education news ‏@toryeducation) “I […]

US & UK Education Privatisation: The Differences

Renowned historian of education, educational policy analyst, and research professor Diane Ravitch today summarises nicely how education ‘reform’ “now in full operation in states across the nation” works in the US. First, set an impossible goal, say, 100% proficiency for all students. Second, say that there can be “no excuses,” no reference to social conditions […]

Global Education Reform or Global Education Messianism? Talmon & ‘The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy’

J.L.Talmon’s ‘The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy’ (Secker & Warburg, 1952) celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Talmon became a Professor of History but not before doing his PhD at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the UK, and, interestingly for UK readers of our blog, among other people in the Preface to this book […]

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