Category Archives: myths

The promise and danger of neuroscience

With the advent of increasingly inexpensive access to brain imaging technology, neuroscience has entered a fascinating period of rapid advancement. The ability to generate images of what’s going on in our brains

Faith, scepticism and the unswayable minority

How do you stop people believing myths? The sort answer is, it depends on how strongly people believe the myths. I’ve just read The Debunking Handbook – an excellent, free and succinct

Is criticising learning styles an attack on the poor?

Richard Olsen is a PhD candidate at Monash University studying “pedagogical capacity, effectiveness and quality in a changing world”. He recently linked to this Australian Research Summary of Learning Styles saying, “Attacking learning

One more nail in the Learning Styles coffin…

We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it: She’ll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth. Shakespeare, Macbeth Just when you think you’ve found

The Learning Styles myth debunked on the back of an envelope

“You don’t have to believe in learning styles theories to appreciate differences among kids, to hold an egalitarian attitude in the midst of such differences, and to try to foster such attitudes

Who is dyslexic and why does it matter?

“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.” Francis Bacon I’ve been thinking about dyslexia for a while. Here are a few of the posts I’ve written over the past couple

Romanticism & the Enlightenment: Meta-beliefs in education

“Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one’s beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.” James Baldwin Before claiming, as

More guff on creativity

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. (One of my favourite fake Einstein quotes.) What is it about creativity that makes so many otherwise sensible people say such silly things?

Is it just me or is Sugata Mitra an irresponsible charlatan?

Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power. Ralph Waldo Emerson When I first saw physicist, Sugata Mitra speak about his Hole

Does technology have the power to transform education?

Disruptors is a series of articles and opinion pieces commission by Virgin all loosely connected under the theme “Is education keeping up with the 21st century?” I like to think I can

When is a bad idea a bad idea?

While people are entitled to their illusions, they are not entitled to a limitless enjoyment of them and they are not entitled to impose them upon others. Christopher Hitchens Twitter exploded into

Is displaying students’ work worth the effort?

Of all the observations I made about Michaela School, one which proved particularly controversial was their decision not put display children’s work. The rationale given for this was twofold. It takes teachers