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Do schools reproduce inequalities in society? A philosophical perspective – Confessions from the chair

Despite the egalitarian ideals of modern democratic societies such as New Zealand, some educationists believe that educational attainment is largely …

Ideology

Don't shy away from British values in schools - Morgan

<b>Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has told MPs that schools should not shy away from promoting "fundamental British values" to their pupils.</b><p>People with "different ideologies" would otherwise get theirs across, she told the Commons education committee.<p>In evidence on the Trojan Horse affair and …

Education & Ideology: Teaching for a Better World

EDUCATION & IDEOLOGY<p>The nature of ideology<p>All human knowledge is socially constructed, i.e. no area of human endeavour can ever be neutral or …

Neuromyths in Education: Prevalence and Predictors of Misconceptions among Teachers

Introduction<p>There is widespread interest among teachers in the application of neuroscientific research findings in educational practice. …

Pedagogy

Myths about the brain 'hamper effective teaching'

Research published today suggests that widely believed myths about neuroscience are being used to justify classroom practice that has "no educational value"<p>Myths about the brain and how it functions are being used to justify and promote teaching methods that are essentially “ineffective”, according …

Pedagogy

John Dewey: My pedagogical creed

My pedagogic creed – John Dewey’s famous declaration concerning education. First published in The School Journal, Volume LIV, Number 3 (January 16, …

Education

How We Think: John Dewey on the Art of Reflection

<i>Sep 19, 2014</i>-- More than one hundred years ago, psychologist John Dewey wrote "How We Think," a book examining "what separates thinking, a basic …

John Dewey on the True Purpose of Education and How to Harness the Power of Our Natural Curiosity

<i>“Do not feel absolutely certain of anything,”</i> philosopher Bertrand Russell instructed in the first of his ten timeless commandments of teaching and learning in 1951. And yet formal education, today as much as then, is for the most part a toxic byproduct of industrialism based on the blind …

John Dewey Experience and Education: a brief summary

John Dewey's Theories on Education and Learning: An Introduction to His Life and Work

How We Think: John Dewey on the Art of Reflection and Fruitful Curiosity in an Age of Instant Opinions and Information Overload

Decades before Carl Sagan published his now-legendary Baloney Detection Kit for critical thinking, the great philosopher, psychologist, and education reformer <b>John Dewey</b> (October 20, 1859–June 1, 1952) penned the definitive treatise on the subject — a subject all the more urgently relevant today, in …

In Gaza, it’s all about the tunnels

<i>Michael Bell served as Canada's ambassador to Jordan, Egypt and Israel</i><p>Is the persistence of Palestinian-built tunnels in Gaza driving Israel's invasion? The answer is yes, and the Israeli government, albeit late in the day, is determined to deal with what it increasingly sees as an existential …

Gaza Blog - Live Blogs - Al Jazeera English

Valerie Amos , the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, has made the following statement on the Israeli shelling of UN school on Wednesday:<p>"I am alarmed at the intensity of the violence in Gaza after a brief humanitarian ceasefire. Today another UN …

Marching Israelis In Tel Aviv Chant 'There's No School In Gaza, There Are No More Kids Left'

A horde of Israeli activists in Tel Aviv has been caught on video cheering the genocide of Gaza children, chanting, "There are no more kids left". …

Gaza: 5-Day-Old 'Miracle Baby' Shayma Born from Dead Mother Dies in Incubator

"Miracle baby" Shayma, delivered from the womb of her dead mother, has died in an incubator in a hospital in Gaza.<p>Some Twitter commentators said the …

Gaza Crisis: 62% of Britons Believe Israel is Guilty of War Crimes

A new YouGov survey has shown that 62% of the British public believe that the Israeli government is committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip.<p>The …

Stages of Second Language Acquisition

Stage I: Pre-production<p>This is the silent period. English language learners may have up to 500 words in their receptive vocabulary but they are not …

“Saudade” – A Word for the Third Culture Kid

It’s described as a unique word with no equivalent in English. Its origin is Portuguese and it was first used in the 13th Century. It is a longing, a …

Lack of language skills is diminishing Britain's voice in the world

Eighteen months ago, William Hague told a group of language professors whom he had invited to the Foreign Office that Britain's global standing in business – and, perhaps most pertinently, in the diplomatic world – was at grave risk from a lack of men and women with language skills.<p>One academic who …

100 Tips & Tools to Teach Your Child a Second Language

Research done over the last decade suggests people who speak more than one language tend to outperform monolinguists. Moreso, children who grow up …

In pursuit of a polyglot nation

The British Academy's recent State of the Nation report highlighted a shortage of foreign-language skills in the UK and warned of a "vicious cycle of monolingualism". So why are more people not fired up to learn other languages? What can be done to change their perceptions and how can we ensure …

New Study Shows Brain Benefits Of Bilingualism

The largest study so far to ask whether speaking two languages might delay the onset of dementia symptoms in bilingual patients as compared to monolingual patients has reported a robust result. Bilingual patients suffer dementia onset an average of 4.5 years later than those who speak only a single …

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This is my tenth birthday, the first birthday I celebrated in England.<p>“Where are you from?”<p>For as long as I can remember, I have subconsciously …

Piet Grobler's top 10 multicultural books

Many lovely picture books celebrate cultural diversity by retelling or reinterpreting myths and folk tales. This list of 10 focuses more on picture books that are consciously proclaiming that all cultures in our world deserve respect, that no cultures are inferior to others and that …

Stuart Hall's cultural legacy: Britain under the microscope

"The very notion of Great Britain's 'greatness' is bound up with empire," Stuart Hall once wrote. "Euro-scepticism and Little Englander nationalism could hardly survive if people understood whose sugar flowed through English blood and rotted English teeth."<p>For the Jamaican-born intellectual, who …

More than 1m UK pupils do not speak English as their first language

More than a million schoolchildren in Britain do not speak English as their first language, according to official figures.<p>Data published by the Department for Education shows that the numbers of youngsters who do not have English as their mother tongue has increased by about 200,000 since 2007.<p>In …

David Cameron sparks fury from critics who say attack on multiculturalism has boosted English Defence League

David Cameron was accused of playing into the hands of rightwing extremists today as he delivered a controversial speech on the failings of multiculturalism within hours of one of the biggest anti-Islam rallies ever staged in Britain.<p>Muslim and anti-fascist groups questioned the prime minister's …