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Values and Community in the Life of Academies

I was lucky enough to be discussant in a very lively symposium at BERA Conference yesterday and thought I would post my response here for anyone who was unable to get to it. This isn’t exactly what I said: it … Continue reading

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What is Education For?

I was originally employed at Brookes to work on the Secondary PGCE programme, but over the years my teaching timetable has moved somewhat and this is now the second year in which I haven’t had any direct teaching on the … Continue reading

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Phonics is not a fix-all drug that will get all children reading

How can there be such high profile disagreement about an issue as extensively researched and important as the teaching of reading to young children? In July, a group of teachers and phonics consultants wrote to the Times Educational Supplement, defending … Continue reading

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More on Phonics

@oldandrew replied to my earlier blogs on phonics here: http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/revisiting-the-debate-over-the-davis-phonics-pamphlet-part-3/ I posted a response on the site, which I have reproduced here. Thanks Andrew. If you would kindly print these comments in your thread, I’m happy that this debate has … Continue reading

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The phonics debate: a further modest philosophical contribution

@oldandrewuk has recently posted on his blog some further engagement with Andrew Davis’s short book on phonics and the recent letter calling for the abolition of the phonics check. I notice that he has ignored my own defence of Davis’s … Continue reading

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On ‘phonics denialists’

David Aldridge is Principal Lecturer in Philosophy of Education and Programme Lead for Professional Education at Oxford Brookes University. Friday’s TES published a letter from a group of educationalists to Michael Gove calling for the abolishment of the Year 1 … Continue reading

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This made my day…

The term ‘metaphysical’ has been unfashionable in the twentieth century (and for three centuries before, among empiricists). Heidegger too followed this fashion. But giving metaphysics prissy pseudonyms like ‘conceptual analysis’ or ‘thinking about being’ no more avoids it than calling … Continue reading

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What should we remember in schools?

David Aldridge is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at Oxford Brookes University, where he leads the BA Programme in Education Studies. In the mid-nineties the ‘Westhill Project’, which aimed to produce high quality materials for teachers of Religious Education, … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?/ Subject Matter

I recently had occasion to re-visit the posts I wrote for Hodder Education, and thought I would post them here. The first one I did is already posted somewhere on this blog. The originals can be found here and here. … Continue reading

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What I nearly wrote…

I was sorting my office out today and found the proposal for the PhD I was writing at SOAS before I switched quite drastically to Philosophy of Education.  I thought it might be interesting to see the way I nearly … Continue reading

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