Charismatic Qualities & Their Regeneration

“Once charismatic qualification has become an impersonal quality, which can be transmitted through various and at first purely magic means, it has begun its transformation from a personal gift that can be tested and proven but not transmitted and acquired, into a capacity that, in principle, can be taught and learned. Thus charismatic qualification can […]

Andreas Schleicher’s Very Special Education

Andreas Schleicher works out of the OECD in Paris, and is best known for the the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), “a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.” According to a January 2010 presentation given to the Quality of Childhood Group […]

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 […]

Gove’s GCSE Reform Speech: Our View

With much anticipation, we listened yesterday afternoon to England Education Secretary, Michael Gove’s, statement to the House of Commons on his proposed reforms to the current nationwide GCSE examination. We were listening not only for the predictable bitchiness that accompanies any statement Gove makes to the Commons but also for anything that educationalists like ourselves […]

The NeverEnding Story of Educational Reform: UK PM Callaghan’s Ruskin College Speech, Oct 1976

For those who think Gove or any other politician is the answer to our educational problems (whatever they may be), perhaps excerpts from the text of the speech by Prime Minister James Callaghan, at a foundation stone-laying ceremony at Ruskin College, Oxford, on October. 18 1976 will make you think again. The speech proved to […]

FDM Group urges girls to consider IT A levels as gender gap widens

Following yesterday’s revelation that female GCSE pupils have widened the gender gap further, FDM Group is urging young women to consider taking IT related A levels. It has been revealed that more than one in four female pupils were awarded an A or A* at GCSE level this summer, expanding the academic bridge between the […]

The Finnish Model: Why Teaching By Numbers Is Doing Harm

In the following Boston Globe article, Learning from Finland How one of the world’s top educational performers turned around, Pasi Sahlberg of Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture and former Washington-based World Bank education specialist illustrates very succinctly why current UK and US education policy is on the wrong track. “IF AMERICANS harbored any doubts […]

No University Should Have Their Own Entrance Test

…because it discriminates against those without the cultural, social or economic resources to benefit from them i.e .those from non-fee paying schools. Speaking in The Times, Dr. Helen Wright, the president of the Girls Association of independent private schools for rich kids, believes that “all universities should have entrance tests rather than offer places based […]

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