Tag Archives: knowledge

Everyone values critical thinking, don’t they?

NOW, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form

Why what you teach matters

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that within the next two years Ofsted will stop grading the quality of teaching, learning and assessment as part of their overall judgement

The Illusion of Knowing

Knowledge, n.: The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify. Ambrose Bierce Advanced Learning has commissioned me to write a piece about the uses and abuses of data in schools. My

A decreased focus on facts & knowledge won’t help either

Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another. – Joseph Addison The TES reports today that “A leading independent school headmaster has warned that the greater focus

Chicken or egg? Thoughts about thinking

Which comes first? The chicken of knowledge or the egg of thinking? Over the past few years I have been advocating the view that thinking is a very shallow experience without knowledge.

Can a good teacher teach anything well?

I used to work for a headteacher who was fond of saying “We’re teachers of children, not teachers of subjects.” This was justification for having non-specialist teachers in certain shortage subjects. Like

Some dichotomies are real: the ‘and/or debate’

I get quite cross when I hear people who really should know better dismissing the knowledge/skills debate as a “mindless dichotomy“. It’s not. The ideological opposition between proponents of these views is

It’s not what you know… oh, hang on: it IS what you know!

I’m fed up of people who should know better saying they’re bored with the false dichotomy of skills versus knowledge. The knowledge vs skills debate is always worth having because it conceals a

Why the knowledge/skills debate is worth having

‘I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike’. Maya Angelou I’ve come an awful long way since September 2011

How knowledge is being detached from skills in English

I don’t normally do this. In fact, I haven’t put up a post by anyone else since last August. But in this case Joe Kirby has expressed my own thoughts so articulately that there seemed

Knowledge is power

I’ve been having a bit of think this week. Firstly I read Daisy Christodoulou’s post on Hirsch’s Core Knowledge curriculum. She points out that Hirsch, oft-condemned for being the darling of ideologues

What to know: the importance of cultural capital

Let’s face it, we need to know to stuff if we’re going to have anything resembling a successful life. But what is it we need to know? As an English teacher I