Category Archives: Education

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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On Education

Written for my friends in Australia. (5,000 words). There’s a scene in the classic Woody Allen movie Annie Hall where the nine-year-old Alvy Singer has been taken to see his doctor because he’s become depressed. His mother, who is at … Continue reading

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No time to be a kid these days

I’m aware of students that no longer attend university lectures, preferring instead to watch their lectures online at 1.5x speed (going backwards if they don’t understand something). However, I was having a chat with someone today and heard a new … Continue reading

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What happens to learning when your teacher is an app?

Nice book extract (on education) in the Australian Financial Review. About a ten-minute read. Click here for article. Here’s how it starts… It has never been easier to give the illusion of intelligence. If you know the right people to … Continue reading

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Computers and education

    Hate to say this, but I told you so…. Computers do not improve pupil results according to OECD study of 70 countries.  

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