How Educational Progressives are still trying to silence those who disagree

Scenes From The Battleground

No doubt what follows will be interpreted as an “attack” on the individuals I quote here. However,this post refers only to the public behaviour of influential individuals and I have removed one name at the request of the individual involved. I am bringing attention to this because a lot of education bloggers read this blog, and I think it’s fair to let them know what they can expect if they dare challenge progressives on social media. No doubt there are those who will point out that not all progressives behave this way, so I’ll acknowledge that now.

I’ve become used to being able to speak freely on social media. I think many other traditionalists have as well. It is easy to forget that many still have to hide their identities. It is easy to forget that if you are new to social media and you challenge the progressive line, (particularly if you are…

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Reframing the debate: It’s not what you do, it’s why you do it – David Didau: The Learning Spy

For the past few years I’ve regularly railed against anyone who claims that either there is no debate about the best way to teach, or that said debate isn’t worth having because the…

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How many language teachers would we need to reach the Conservatives’ 75% EBacc target? – Education Datalab blog

The Conservatives’ manifesto has revised the party’s commitment to require all students to study the English Baccalaureate subjects at Key Stage 4. It now has a more modest proposal that 75% of…

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What teachers need to know about intelligence – Part 2: The effects of education – David Didau: The Learning Spy

In Part 1 of this series I laid out why IQ matters and that, far from being a banal measure of merely of how well some people do in a series of irrelevant tests, IQ actually has real power to predict…

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Is there a second identity available for a child to step into?

The Quirky Teacher

I’ve been reading ‘Much Promise. Successful Schools in England‘ by Barnaby Lenon on and off for a while now, but I had glossed over a section about school personality, thinking that I had already internalised the main message that schools need to provide an academic atmosphere, encouraging aspiration and hard work as well as having a ‘brand’ as it were that makes them different from all the rest. It wasn’t until I saw a series of programs from the BBC archives about young recruits to the Parachute Regiment of the army that I started thinking about motivation for young boys in particular and how schools’ personalities may or may not be influential enough. Here we had very young men, many of whom had pretty much failed academically; they were seeking more than the security of regular pay, rather they were more eager to see ‘action’. It occurred to me…

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The Importance of Being Knowledgeable

What does it take to close—or at least significantly narrow—the achievement gap? Billions of dollars and untold amounts of time and energy have been devoted to this problem—without much to show for it. But it’s possible that the answer is actually pretty simple. Or at least that’s how it appears after a visit to a remarkable school in London called Michaela.

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What teachers need to know about intelligence – Part 1: Why IQ matters – David Didau: The Learning Spy

Intelligence is required to be able to know that a man knows not. Montaigne Although it’s become a truism to say we know relatively little about how our brains work, we know a lot more now than we…

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