This Week in Education | 29.06.13

With the demise of Google Reader I have been transferring my feeds and links to Feedly and in the proccess have been spending some time reading some of the fabulous education blogs out there. Here are five of the posts that caught my attention this week

1. Teacher Proof: Why Educational Research doesn’t always mean what it claims, and what you can do.
Tom Bennett posts a timely article about the importance of educational research and the validity behind the fads and programmes that influence teacher training. I just bought Tom’s book and I am looking forward to delving into it over this summer.

2. What we can learn from Cognitive Science and Dan Willingham?
Staying on the theme of learning, over at Pragmatic Education, there is a good review on the book Why Students Don’t Like School. Another book I had to purchase this week. A good summary of the key learnings in this post.

3. Why We Should Mistrust Ken Robinson
Sir Ken has come up in conversation I have had with a number of teachers, both online and those who I work with, over the course of this month. I see him as motivational but some teachers, including the writer of this blog post, have opened my eyes as to how SKR’s talks and influence can be quite dangerous.

4. Is There Any Point to the 12 Times Table?
Why didn’t people like John McLoone exist when I struggled with why maths matters? This is a great article about the history and possible reasons why times tables are (or are not) relevant

5. Petition against privatising UK student loans
This final link is a bit more political. Focusing on the privatisation of student loans.
Given the governments recent announcement of the cutting of the National Scholarship from £150m to £50m and targetting it more at postgraduate than undergraduate students you can’t help but wander what the coalition are trying to do with education.

Thinking of making this a more regular feature post. Enjoy.

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