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(September 8th 2018)
SOCIALISATION: DO WE KNOW WHAT THE HELL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT?
Just exactly how socialised do you want your children to be?
(August 26th 2018)
WHAT DO YOU NOT WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
The piece of cheese at the end of the maze is a great motivator, no doubt, but nothing motivates a rat to haul ass than the smell of a cat.
(April 19th 2018)
TO BE A GOOD TEACHER, WHAT ACTUALLY MATTERS?
A good teacher needn't be required to
show student progress,but instead a good teacher needs to show clear purpose and design. [Click Here!]
(November 23rd 2017)
SHOULD CHILDREN BE ALLOWED TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN GENDER?
The Church of England decree is irrelevant: it's adults who make the choice, not children. [Click Here!]
(June 15th 2017)
WHY DO TEACHERS' KIDS UNDER-PERFORM AT SCHOOL?
Here is a theory as to why teachers' children are invariably outperformed at school. [Click Here!]
ARCHIVED EDUCATION ARTICLES
- THE HOMEWORK CONUNDRUM
Why do schools universally give homework?
- WHAT IS THE BEST TEACHING APPROACH?
We can talk about child-centred education, but whether we like it or not great learning begins with a great teacher.
- ASK CHILDREN THIS QUESTION: DO YOU WANT TO BE A STUDENT?
Are children really given a choice? Do children even consider that there is a choice? If a school believes in creating life-long learners, why are they testing them at certain ages and why do these exams eliminate so many children from the opportunities to learn?
- WHY DO SCHOOLS HAVE ONE-HOUR LESSONS?
Here is another question no one is asking and no one is searching for on Google...
- TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION
Forty years into the computer age and the education system has not progressed.
- MAINSTREAM EDUCATION VERSUS TRUTH
How do you reconcile the desire to teach the truth with the delivery of a distorted and erroneous curriculum?
- HOMESCHOOLING IN THAILAND - A VIABLE OPTION
Personal experience of home-schooling in Thailand and useful information on how to go about it.
- MY VERY PERSONAL CASE FOR HOME EDUCATING CHILDREN
From the perspective of both the parent and the student, an examination of the education benefits of home education.
- WHY DO PEOPLE SCHOOL-SCHOOL?
There is plenty of discussion about why do people home-school but, as the default, sending children to schools generally evades close inspection. In places where
home-schooling is legal and parents have the means and ability to educate their own children, why do the vast majority of parents send their children to school?
- TEACHING LEARNERS AND LEARNED TEACHERS
There was a time - and in some places in the world it is still true - when being a teacher was a great accomplishment. It has become a lowly, under-paid, gruelling job and this is
a major deficit.
- THE SCIENCE OF THE POSSIBLE: WHY PARENTS SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TIME THEIR CHILDREN SPEND STARING AT A SCREEN
Besides health and eyesight issues, I believe there is a much more fundamental and significant reason why all the time children spend in front of computers and TVs is damaging this generation more
than ever before.
- LESSON OBSERVERS: PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF!
School managers have rigged the system to be easy to manage but impossible to teach in. They then show up in your classroom and criticise you for not compensating enough for their poor decisions.
- IS ALL EDUCATION ULTIMATELY A RIP-OFF?
Whether it is $100,000 a term or $1 an hour, should anyone ever have to pay for education?
- WHAT QUESTION SHOULD WE BE ASKING ABOUT CHILD ASSESSMENT?
Everyone talks about how to assess children, but no one is asking the assumptive question: Should children be assessed?
- TEACHING TO THE TEST - AN ARGUMENT IN FAVOUR
Does it make sense for home schooling parents to teach to the test?
- THE FAULTY PREMISE OF SCHOOLS
Is it actually possible to deliver good education in a system which, by its very nature, groups and clumps and divides and standardises?