Author Archives: Martin Robinson

About Martin Robinson

Author: Trivium 21c; Education consultant with an interest in the Liberal Arts (especially grammar, dialectic and rhetoric), Director Trivium 21c Ltd.

Lenin and Rand: Why the Need to Disrupt Our Schools?

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
When I was growing up a significant number of people on the left were intent on destroying capitalism. They loathed its focus on the individual and extolled the virtue of the collective. They were suspicious…

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STEM and the Narrow Curriculum

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
? ? ? ? ? ? ? An article in Schools Week reports: A free school in Newcastle that does not teach humanities, arts or foreign languages has been branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in its…

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Classroom Talk, Some Thoughts on the EEF Report…

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
I think the three ‘Rs’ of Reading wRiting and aRithmetic should be expanded to the four Rs and include Rhetoric or oRacy, in other words: talk should be an essential core component of a good…

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Spielman’s OFSTED Game Changer: The Importance of the Curriculum.

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
Perhaps I had a bit of sunstroke but it seemed to me that what the new OFSTED supremo, Amanda Spielman had to say was a ‘game’ changer. In her gloriously uplifting speech at the, equally…

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Academic Education For All

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
German players seemed to have more to draw on as people than English counterparts; greater all round resources that helped them navigate tournaments and pressure points  Jonathan Northcroft: interview with Frank Lampard, Sunday Times, May…

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The Problems With Traditional Education.

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
Traditional education is problematic. If it was perfect then there would be no cogent arguments against it. As Dewey made clear, what he termed as progressive education was a reaction due to “discontent with traditional education.”…

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Proper Acting for Proper Teachers

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
Here are the slides from my talk at the ResearchEd English and MFL conference on Saturday 1st April, at the University Examination Schools: Proper Acting for Proper Teachers PDF A jaunt through some essential drama teaching…

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Stop Fetishising Failure and Success

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
Famous ‘failures’ is a slightly ridiculous concept when tied to the idea of ‘success’. The cases above are famous people who have succeeded and have experienced some sort of failure in their lives. I’m not sure…

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School 21, A ‘Conversation’ With Peter Hyman.

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
Late last year I had a long conversation with Peter Hyman in which we looked at areas of agreement in our education philosophies and areas where we disagree. This conversation took place within the walls of Windsor Castle,…

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Confine Post-truth Education into the Dustbin of History

Originally posted on Trivium 21c:
Two arguments have been prevalent in education discourse for a number of years: one, that the content of the curriculum is just a reflection of power relations and two, that all truth is relative. The arguments are often expressed…

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