Indoctrination and Religious Education

If parents are worried about indoctrination from schools, the answer isn’t less education but more. Religious Education has managed to sneak into the news again. Parents in Essex are apparently taking their children out of lessons about Islam. It’s a non-story really, but in these times of heightened racial tension, I suppose such articles serve… Continue reading Indoctrination and Religious Education

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Education as a sacrament [4/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Please note: these are just notes that I wrote for my own benefit for the talk. They are incomplete, poorly cited, and the grammar is slovenly, but I was asked to put them online and I've not had time to tidy them up. I've divided them into four parts, of which this is the last. The… Continue reading Education as a sacrament [4/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Education as a sacrament [3/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Please note: these are just notes that I wrote for my own benefit for the talk. They are incomplete, poorly cited, and the grammar is slovenly, but I was asked to put them online and I've not had time to tidy them up. I've divided them into four parts, of which this is the third.… Continue reading Education as a sacrament [3/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Education as a sacrament [2/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Please note: these are just notes that I wrote for my own benefit for the talk. They are incomplete, poorly cited, and the grammar is slovenly, but I was asked to put them online and I've not had time to tidy them up. I've divided them into four parts, of which this is the second.… Continue reading Education as a sacrament [2/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Education as a sacrament [1/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Please note: these are just notes that I wrote for my own benefit for the talk. They are incomplete, poorly cited, and the grammar is slovenly, but I was asked to put them online and I've not had time to tidy them up. I've divided them into four parts, of which this is the first.… Continue reading Education as a sacrament [1/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

When Plato met Damian Hinds…

(This was first published in the TES: https://www.tes.com/news/when-plato-met-damian-hinds) This week, Socrates’ pupil, Plato and Damian Hinds discuss the concept of freedom in the education system Plato:    Secretary of State!? Do you have a moment? DH:         Plato, hello! What are you doing here? It’s 2pm on a Friday, shouldn’t you be in school? P:            Yes, but… Continue reading When Plato met Damian Hinds…

When Socrates met the Multi-Academy Trust CEO… in which Socrates and the CEO discuss the virtues of a good school

An edited version of this was originally published on the TES: https://www.tes.com/news/when-socrates-met-multi-academy-trust-ceo   MAT CEO:           Socrates, welcome to Big-Boat Multi-Academy Trust. As you know, due to your recent poor Ofsted inspection, your joining our trust has been mandated by the DfE. The aim of this meeting is to enable you to learn a bit about… Continue reading When Socrates met the Multi-Academy Trust CEO… in which Socrates and the CEO discuss the virtues of a good school

There is no single purpose to education – and that is something to be cherished

If we prioritise one purpose of education over another, then we lose sight of what is truly valuable about education. We will all be familiar with something like the following scene: a family is gathered round to celebrate a child’s 2nd birthday. The parents are excited about the fancy gift that they have bought, and… Continue reading There is no single purpose to education – and that is something to be cherished