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A Failure of Democracy: A Current Postscript

A Failure of Democracy: A Current Postscript English Education at the start of the 21st Century[1] John Abbott, in a discussion with his assistant of five years Jim Robinson, reflects on the political and philanthropic landscapes, and the rise of globalised solutions… Jim Robinson (JR): I came to work with the Initiative in September 2010, […]

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 […]

Where do parents and teachers fit when it comes to online participation with children?

  Mimi Ito is a Professor in Residence at the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and serves as Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub in the system-wide University of California Humanities Research Institute. In this video she talks through the various ways […]

Thesis 97 – Subsidiarity

The aim of good parenting, as of good teaching, should be to so inculcate in the growing child a range of skills, attitudes and behaviours that, at an appropriate time (sooner, rather than later) the child can be progressively weaned of its dependence, so that parents take pleasure and great reassurance that their child is […]

Thesis 88 – Breast is Best

Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what I want to be; Then I will have a little child, who’ll want to follow me. And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true; So walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you.1   Birthing and early nurturing practices […]

Thesis 87 – Why Have Children

  “Walk a little slower, Daddy”, said a child so small. “I’m following in your footsteps, and I don’t want to fall. Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they’re hard to see; So walk a little slower, Daddy, for you are leading me.”1 (Continued Th. 88)   Probably nothing separates us more from the […]

Thesis 85 – Does Every Child Matter

All children deserve the chance to grow up in a loving, secure family.  They could have the chance to fulfil their potential if society reduced levels of educational failure, ill health, substance abuse, teenage pregnancies, abuse and neglect, crime and anti-social behaviour among children and young people1.   The Report “Every Child Matters”2 was stimulated […]

Thesis 83 – Schools for Sale

Wanted… Sponsors for City Academies, a new form of state secondary school independent of local authority control.  A bargain too good to miss!  Two million pounds sponsorship will release a twenty-five million pound government grant.  Sponsors of three academies will be offered a fourth free-of-charge.1   To hear this in 2005 sounds bizarre.  And it […]

Thesis 74 – Faustian Bargain

Teaching, like good parenting, is a demanding task for it is part intuition, and part expertise.  It’s extremely hard to know when you’ve got it right.  Parents and teachers delight in seeing the results of their labours, but often the most precious fruits of their work are those they may never actually see1.   Politicians […]

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