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What’s a Serious Academic Doing Meddling with Animated Documentary Graphics?

It had been a good three-day conference for the three hundred and twenty or so students at Atlantic College in South Wales. Billed as giving both the introductory talk, and the concluding lecture, I was to be the outside parts of an obviously rich and varied sandwich. But so stimulating had that conference been that […]

The Born to Learn Animations

Profound truths are often so unsettling that people lose themselves in lengthy explanations that ultimately confuse, rather than clarify.   This is a very human trait which starts as the youngest children begin to form straightforward explanations as to how they see ideas fitting together. But unless they replace such earlier ‘naive’ explanations as they […]

Education, A Canadian Student’s View

Paul Hillsdon is a 16 year old youth currently residing in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada. He spends most of his time perusing the internet, catching up on TV shows, and thinking up crazy ideas. Paul is currently muddling through the last years of high school. Afterwards, he intends to pursue his dreams and ideals […]

Thesis 60 – Mirrors of Ourselves?

Our opinions about adolescents are deeply contradictory; inquisitive yet confrontational, sometimes energetic yet frequently infuriatingly laid back, we don’t know if we love them or despair of them.  No longer children to be told what to do, they lack adult powers of judgment, and are as uncertain as to how to behave as are adults […]

Thesis 36 – A ‘Can-do’ Society

“Do not imagine that the knowledge, which I so much recommend to you, is confined to books, pleasing, useful and necessary as that knowledge is… The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.  Books alone will never teach it to you; but they will suggest […]

Thesis 35 – Shaping the Nation’s Conscience

  “What is life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?”1  What do we mean, and what did previous generations mean, when we speak of seeking a work/life balance?  Do we see ourselves as Pilgrims or Customers?   In the years leading up to the eighteenth century, Englishmen indulged themselves […]

Thesis 34 – Natural Talent

Too often we underrate our brains and our intelligence.  Formal education can become such a complicated, self-conscious and over-regulated activity that learning is widely regarded as something difficult that the brain would rather not do.  That is wrong, for learning is the brain’s primary function, its constant concern, and we all become restless and frustrated […]

Thesis 1 – Providing Roots and Wings for our Children

[Please scroll down to listen to an audio version of this thesis] The education of children is the most important task parents, or a nation, have to undertake; on them the future well-being of the world depends.  Through the combined influence of home, community and school, education has to create men and women capable of […]

Desiderata*

Stop the world, has been the age-long plea, I want to get off.

Compliance

Death by Inspection “The more you trust people the thinner the rulebook, while the less you trust them, the thicker the book becomes,” declaimed the late, redoubtable Al Shanker, President of the American Federation of Teachers some years ago at a conference in London. It is such an obvious truth you would think it unnecessary […]

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