Social Mobility and Education by Maurice Holt

The education policies of the Conservative/LibDem coalition government are remarkably bold, and recent ministerial assertions that the purpose of education is to promote social mobility need scrutiny. The idea sounds plausible, but it conceals a flawed proposition – that public…

Time for teachers too! by Joe Harrison

Of course if we are seeking to provide time for pupils to become absorbed in their learning experiences, and time to reflect upon them, the question then arises what is required of a ‘teacher’ in this model? Now this is…

Driving Up Standards – To Where? by Maurice Holt

Managerial talk has become so embedded in education that there’s always some minister or local councillor telling us that the task for schools and teachers is “driving up standards”. The message is crisp, with no explanation – whatever is meant…

What do we mean by ‘Slow’?

Many thanks to Kooj for his thoughts on the ‘About Slow Education’ piece I wrote. I think he’s raised an interesting question. Take a look… “Joe, this is really interesting and worthwhile as an antidote to the many pressures and…

SLOW AND COOL: The Idea of Slow Education

By Maurice Holt, professor emeritus of education, University of Colorado, Denver. The credit for using “slow” in a new way goes to Carlo Petrini, who started it all.  Looking for a place to eat in Rome, he saw a sign for “fast…