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A Door Into The Dark

There is something more in this than natural, if philosophy could find it out. – Hamlet I have of late been haunted by an image from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. In a post-apocalyptic world, starving bands of survivors roam a … Continue reading

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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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More Light?

OPHELIA: The king rises! HAMLET: What? Frighted with false fire? CLAUDIUS: Give me some light! Away! – Hamlet  In Act Three of Hamlet, the troubled prince hatches a plan to prove the king’s guilt. He stages a play re-enacting the … Continue reading

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Reading is Knowledge

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
We shouldn’t confuse skills with knowledge  One of the most discussed topics in education today is that of the so-called ‘knowledge curriculum’. Its most famous proponent is E D Hirsch, who has written extensively on the…

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8 DIY Steps to Build a Reading Culture

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy  – Hamlet Many UK schools have invested in online ‘reading acceleration’ schemes which claim to foster a richer reading culture and to improve students’ motivation to read. … Continue reading

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How Whole Language Lost the War

Ere I could make a prologue to my brains, they had begun the play. – Hamlet. On an otherwise empty table, under a bare electric bulb, the machine sat squat and solid. Impregnable, inscrutable, the keys ranged along its front … Continue reading

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To everything, a season

And he . . . Fell into a sadness, then into a fast, Thence to a watch, thence to a weakness,  Thence to a lightness, and by this declension Into the madness wherein now he raves, And all we mourn … Continue reading

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