People are often saying that programming is the new literacy, but actually thinking about programming is more significant. Creating the models that are to be computed is what we need to be teaching and learning.
Matthew Taylor of the RSA, blogs about collaboration styles in education... Oiling the System.
"Science Confirms The Obvious: Strict Parents Raise Conservative Kids" - http://pulse.me/s/eC9fb If so, would it be possible to conduct similar experiments to test whether parents with a particularly strong cultural bias raise their children to have a similar bias? So, for example, do Fatalist parents raise Fatalist kids? My guess here is that the social … Continue reading Apparently, “Science Confirms The Obvious: Strict Parents Raise Conservative Kids”
WB of Down at Third Man asked for a Cultural Theory perspective on the concept of ‘public benefit’ as it applies to the charitable working of private schools in the UK. Would you be willing and able to give me your view on how the four cultures would perceive 'public benefit' say with regard to … Continue reading Cultural Theory and the Public Benefit Requirement
Australian economist Andrew Leigh has entered into public discussion with Noel Pearson about Aboriginal inequality by proposing that randomised trials should be initiated for those educational innovations supposedly aimed at improving outcomes for disadvantaged groups. He takes his cue from Harvard economist Roland Fryer, who is well known for testing the effectiveness of cash rewards … Continue reading Tempting fate in schools: contrived randomness as educational policy
Michael Reiss, clergyman and director of education at the Royal Society, a leading science organisation, has been misquoted as saying creationism should be taught in schools. This is what he actually said . Audio of Prof Michael Reiss His main point seems to be that creationism is not really a simple error that can be … Continue reading How to teach science and religion in schools
According to the Guardian newspaper Sweden is going to ban the teaching of religious doctrine 'as though it were true'. It may well be a move to try to crack down on Islamic schools, about which Swedes seem either worried or paranoid, depending on your viewpoint. Could they not try teaching the critical skills necessary … Continue reading Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth (at least in Swedish schools)