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Education Clients

I was reflecting recently that, in education, the client is not always right. When parents and stakeholders demand certain things of an education system, they are often at cross-purposes. For example, stakeholders such as businesses might inadvertently (or not-so-inadvertently) demand students that are overtrained and will be underpaid. Parents, of course, want their children to …

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The Core of Education

Over the last few years, I’ve been exposed to many education debates. These debates have been about whether ‘holistic education’ is a viable educational concept, what an education ought to consist of, how educational results should be interpreted, how educational reform should be carried out and what its objectives should be, and many other related …

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IB Hardcore

I’m always new to the International Baccalaureate (IB) system of education, although I’ve been studying it since 1998. But it strikes me that it is a philosophically rather well-constructed system. Although there are points about it that are debateable (‘universal’ systems seldom lack such points), the ideas therein on what elements together constitute a good …

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Complaining about Systems of Education (Part 1)

As the population density rises, the habit of complaining about the system of education also rises. This is silly, but also unavoidable given the essential silliness of human nature. Let me explain. In ancient Greece, the concept of paideia was used to indicate ‘the art of bringing up children’ (from paidion, ‘a child’, genderless noun). …

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COPS

Sometimes, people ask me stuff like, “What is the model on which you base your ideas about curriculum planning and development?” To be honest, I don’t have one of those name-branded models. I’ve read too much stuff to attribute my ideas to specific researchers or specific models. What I think is a reasonable answer is …

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Coaching

I’ve met a number of coaches throughout my chequered career. They fall into a few types which bear mentioning. 1. “I am your father!” No, you’re not. This kind of coach has a fatherhood complex which makes him want to treat you as his son. It is perfectly OK to treat your charges in loco parentis – …

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