Category Archives: Education

Weak Signal?

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The Future of Universities

Something I’ve written for the Future Universites Thought Book in Australia. Free e-copies and hard copies can be found on this link. What is the purpose of a university? What should they seek to encourage? You might think that universities, … Continue reading

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We learn from those we like

Great little piece in the New York Times recently, which basically says students learn from teachers they like and that emotional connection is key.

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Monday statistic

Last year the number of students taking a creative arts exam in the UK fell by 51,000. Arts subjects, including design, drama and art, now account for only 1 in 12 GCSEs. Four years ago it was 1 in 8. … Continue reading

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How was it for you?

There’s an episode of the TV series Black Mirror where the main character becomes obsessed with ‘liking’ everything. This is supposed to be fiction, but nowadays it’s getting increasingly difficult to tell the difference between what’s fact and what’s fiction. … Continue reading

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From the 3Rs to the 7Cs of Education

As I mentioned a few posts back, I’m working on a short essay about the future of Universities in Australia. One thing I stumbled upon whilst researching this was the 4Cs of learning (Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity). I’m proposing … Continue reading

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Exams Don’t Predict Anything

Commenting in the New York Times last year, Laszlo Bock, then Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, said that: “For every job, the No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not IQ. It’s … Continue reading

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An answer to everything?

I’ve just been in San Jose and my head is still in bit of a spin for a number of reasons (one of which is that I essentially went for a day from London). Anyway, on the way over I … Continue reading

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The Future of Education

I posted this a few months ago, but given the volume of articles in the papers recently about exam results (and artificial intelligence) I think it’s worth a re-post. https://education.nsw.gov.au/media/exar/On_Education_RichardWatson.pdf

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Ten ideas to transform teaching

1. Pay teachers more (or make teaching tax free) Teaching needs to become one of the most desirable professions. I might be wrong, but it strikes me that paying teachers a lot more could dramatically increase the quantity and quality … Continue reading

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