Tag Archives: Curriculum

Mindset is encompassed by the holistic and should be seen as commonsense given space: I give it a strong tick

The following by Kelvin Smythe: This posting supports mindset as expressed by the American academics Jo Boaler and Carol Dweck. I perceive mindset as a strategy to encourage holistic ideas into mathematics, in particular, a curriculum much in need of … Continue reading

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Not ‘Getting it’ – and ‘Getting it’

When Tomorrow’s Schools was introduced, I immediately recognised we would be incapable of thinking ourselves out of the education failure we had allowed ourselves to be thought into (led by Treasury and a mesmerised David Lange) and predicted the next … Continue reading

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Treachery! Part 1: The Hipkins’ swift one and the satire

In what follows, I spell out briefly an astonishingly duplicitous U turn by Chris Hipkins that has horrid implications for education. These implications are examined in a further Attack! but I needed to get the message out quickly to encourage … Continue reading

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I am asking you to stand by me on this one: The File

Dear reader The File, my final publication, is now available for purchase. It is a publication that, with care, can provide a lift to the primary education system and a surer sense of direction. Not because of what I have … Continue reading

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My four changes to fix a broken primary school education system: you will only guess one of them

The primary school education system is broken – if change isn’t fundamental, it will be yet another betrayal of teachers and children. At the top we have Chris Hipkins. I have stopped issuing dire warnings about him because I recognise … Continue reading

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We’ve turned the classroom into a spaceship Part 2

It was interesting to listen and watch the reactions of the group members when choices had to be made from their own submissions. By trial, error, and much discussion we established a lay-out for the spaceship. This stage of the … Continue reading

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We’ve turned the classroom into a spaceship Part 1

It was late 1989, and this was one of my last undertakings before I resigned from the prospect of Tomorrow’s Schools to argue for something very different, an alternative symbolised by what follows. We’ve turned the classroom into a spaceship. … Continue reading

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