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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Praise or attention: which matters more?

Nay, do not think I flatter . . . Why should the poor be flattered? – Hamlet The conversation on Twitter and the internet has taken a delightful turn with some thoughtful consideration of the role of praise in the … Continue reading

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On Rhetoric

“We must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.” – Hamlet Some years ago – 46 years ago to be precise – Jeanne Chall noted that the “great debate” about teaching reading was increasingly becoming the hunting ground … Continue reading

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The Real Dichotomy: Part 1

“I am mad but north-northwest; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” Discrimination can be a good thing. In terms of learning, it is arguable that ultimately all learning is based upon the recognition of … Continue reading

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