Category Archives: HISTORY OF PEDAGOGY

On Purpose and Education

He pointed out that the young men from the two projects had much in common: “They were the same young men. They live in the same geographical area.” They differences between them, he said, “don’t exits except in the minds … Continue reading

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Education as Propaganda

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power … Continue reading

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A Strange and Magnificent Elementary School Teacher

In 1919, his state of mind fragile and feeling pulled ‘by all the devils in hell’, Wittgenstein enrolled in a training programme to embark on his new career as an elementary teacher in rural Austria. Anguished at the defeat of … Continue reading

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Climate Control: An Organic Approach to Education

In his latest TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson retreads the boards of  previous arguments, suggesting that instead of ‘command and control’, education today needs ‘climate control’. The purpose of school should not be to educate kids according to a certain … Continue reading

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Evidence of what? Current Limits of Positivism in Education

In his recent paper for the Secretary of State for Education, Building Evidence into Education (2013), scientist Ben Goldacre lays out a series of proposals for improving the evidence base of schooling based on successes in the field of health. research on … Continue reading

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