The Structure of Schools

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Should we be paying more attention the structure of schools? A lot of facets of education are coming under scrutiny at the moment, both in the UK and abroad. The merits of various teaching styles, types of school, assessment formats and curricula among others are all being discussed. This debate is healthy and long may it continue. One facet, though, … Read More

Exhilaration, Not Passion

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Am enjoying Ricardo Semler’s Seven Day Weekend at the moment. He makes the point that a number of companies position themselves as warm, nurturing “families” and look for passionate employees while restricting much of what makes them thrive with overly stringent routines and top-heavy directives. The same insight applies to schools. Paraphrasing a line from him, “Rather than constantly talking … Read More

21st Century Soup-Spilling

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[post_intro]There’s a lot of talk about 21st century education. There are the skills that children need, the jobs that don’t exist yet, the access to learning anywhere and all the wonderful things the internet enables us to do. All of this is valuable, I think, but I wonder how much it is side-stepping the real issue?[/post_intro] When I first started … Read More