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Tag Archives: Bad education
Robert Fludd’s description of a perpetual motion machine from the 17th Century. The idea involved water held in a tank above the apparatus driving a water wheel which, through a complex set of gears, rotate an Archimedes screw which draws … Continue reading
A rather belated find on my part! A short piece in the TES on my contribution to researchED last year: ‘Pseudoscience has nested in schools’ If you’re interested in reading more about some of the pseudoscience I was complaining about, … Continue reading
I recently ran a staff survey asking for comments and suggestions about our peer-coaching programme. Within this questionnaire, I also asked what teachers would find interesting to read on this blog and one response asked for something on using Neuro … Continue reading
I’ve written before regarding the prevalence of pseudoscientific ideas within education. Whenever I start to become a little optimistic that our profession can move out of the dark ages, something pops up to prove my hopes are premature. Just such a … Continue reading
In my NQT year I found myself contesting the use of brain gym in my school (I even got sent on a course to ‘convert me’). The experience set me up nicely – as it reminded me to doubt everything … Continue reading
A recent study by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) argues that teachers should consider giving all students an ‘A’ grade at the start of the year on the basis that there is a … Continue reading
I’ve always been sceptical of the idea of ‘learning styles’. Psychological models of learning and memory suggest we use all of our sensory modalities to learn (it depends upon what we’re learning). The questionnaires used to ‘measure’ VAK preferences are … Continue reading