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Things that annoy and worry me about debates around Philosophy in education

In my view, Philosophy is a distinct, interesting and valuable area of the curriculum. For this reason, Twitter debates about Philosophy in schools frequently upset and enrage me. Most recently for example, in this discussion, Philosophy was described as ‘critical thinking lite‘, a view I fundamentally disagree with. However, before I respond to that claim I …

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Why Education Reformers Can’t Just Ignore Democracy

 Democracy sucks. When an intelligent leader loves their people and has a clear vision for getting to utopia, having to explain your point so that people will vote for you is a massive inconvenience. All that voting and debating: it’s expensive, it slows down your brilliant plans and what if – after all that effort – the …

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The Question That Gove Forgot To Ask About GCSEs

Earlier this week I reproached Gove’s suggested A-Level reforms for failing to adequately address a real problem in education. Thankfully he avoided this in his next spectacle and the ‘leak’ that exposed Gove’s planned GCSE reforms hit upon some very  real problems for secondary education. First, many people do believe GCSEs to be worthless; correctly they …

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UPDATE: National Curriculum Review – Primary Draft Curriculum Released

The Coalition have made it clear they want a rigorous, internationally competitive curriculum based on lots of specified content.  In December last year we created a short guide to the lengthy ‘expert review’ of the National Curriculum. The experts used high-performing countries’ curriculum to suggest several reforms to the National Curriculum. Today we have seen the …

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