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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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A Simple Test for Gove’s “Soft Bigotry” Claim

 If Michael Gove’s implied claim that teachers undermark student controlled assessments due to the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’ is true, then the issue must be tackled head-on and tackled quickly. Gove’s planned prejudice ‘solvent’ of changing from coursework to exams is not only slow but it only gets at the consequence and not the cause. Systematic racist bias in …

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Evidence and Judgment. Is Gove suffering from ‘Bad Faith’?

 “When… a military leader takes upon himself the responsibility for an attack… he choses to do it…  no doubt he acts under higher command, but its orders, which are more general, require interpretation… action presupposes that there is a plurality of possibilities.” Sartre, ‘Existentialism and Humanism’ p.35. Of all the stock phrases used by politicians …

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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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