Sailing on a rising tide of knowledge

Clio et cetera

Imagine for a moment a cannon positioned on the south coast of England, pointing at France. The artillery officers identify a target on the French coast and calculate exactly what is needed to hit that target. Using years of experience that has helped them work out how to do this, they set off the cannon and, if they what they are doing, they hit their target more often than not.

We often treat schooling as if it should be a cannon. By this I mean that we set out a clear target, we aim children towards that target, and we judge ourselves on whether they hit it. To give ourselves the best possible chance of getting children to that target, we focus very closely on the fine details: we do not load them up with unnecessary weight, we strip away anything that might cause a distraction, and, for the delivery…

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