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Why I loved Greek but hated Latin. By St. Augustine (AD 397-8) (with thanks to Mike Grenier)

IN St Augustine’s Confessions, written in AD 397-8, the saint tries to understand why, as a boy, he loved Latin but hated Greek, and concludes that teaching through fear does not work. Instead, he writes, free curiosity should be encouraged.   “Why did I hate the Greek classics? For not one word of it...

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Why I’m happier searching than researching. By Mike Grenier.

When Marlow sits on the deck of the ‘Nellie’ at the start of ‘Heart of Darkness’ and begins his complex and convoluted tale, we can either side with the number crunchers and bean counters who have dressed up as sailors for a day of roleplaying on the Thames, or with the anonymous narrator who...

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SLOW SCHOOLS MEAN DEEP LEARNING by Professor Maurice Holt

Despite a huge investment in tests, initiatives, and political aspirations, the English education system fails to inspire confidence. Those of us who advocate slow education believe it is the actual process of schooling that matters – not the invention of more ways of inspecting and assessing, or more types of schools. These are all blunt instruments. Slow education is...

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‘Campbell’s Law: the unintended consequences of the school testing regime’. By Professor Alastair Sharp

Most of us have heard of ‘Peter’s Principle’ (“Employees tend to rise to 
their level of incompetence”) and ‘Parkinson’s Law’ (‘Work expands so as 
to fill the time available for its completion’). Both point to unintended
 consequences. In the educational sphere a new ‘law’ has been adopted: Campbell’s Law.
This states that “when test scores...

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Slow Education – a personal experience. By Amy Johnston

During the academic year 2009-10, I had the opportunity of leading on a school project in collaboration with Creative Partnerships. We had already used funding from the initiative to bring a number of visual artists into school and had incorporated their work into our development of a creative, child-led, skills based curriculum based on...

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