Category Archives: Education

What Dreams May Come

If it be now, ‘tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now . . . – Hamlet He gazed past the gleaming stainless steel, through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows to the vibrant, pulsating city far … Continue reading

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Requiem for a Straw Man

” . . . and indeed it takes From our achievements, though performed at height, The pith and marrow of our attribute.” – Hamlet There is a common refrain in the discourse about teaching reading that almost immediately derails the debate, … Continue reading

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Intelligence-ism

O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! Ophelia, Hamlet. It should not be surprising that a recent report by the Social Mobility Commission found that educational inequality is increasing. Schools tend to reflect, rather than direct, their communities, so … Continue reading

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The Search for Research Literacy

“Sit down awhile; And let us once again assail your ears, That are so fortified against our story . . .” – Hamlet ‘Research’, like any other word, can acquire and shift meanings. In the last few years we have … Continue reading

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Dangerous Conjectures

“’T were good she were spoken with; for she may strew dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.” – Hamlet I raised an eyebrow when I saw the tweets about the traditional / progressive debate being ‘boring’. A little further investigation revealed … Continue reading

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The March of Progress

What do you mean by this? Nothing, but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar. – Hamlet The new Rules of The Game were recently announced. (At least, in the olden … Continue reading

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Unintended consquences

“But heaven hath pleased it so, to punish me with this and this with me . . .” – Hamlet We are often loathe to admit that we employ rewards and punishments; perhaps because to do so might suggest that … Continue reading

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