Purpose and Direction | educationalist04

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Micro-learning Explained | educationalist04

Whilst completing my teacher training certificate we were introduced to the concept of micro-teaching. It was a daunting experience as we had to deliver a ten minute lesson in the hot and glaring surroundings of the University of York television studio.

The idea had been to give us an opportunity to see ourselves teach and offer a critique of our performance from peers. As a concept it was sound, but the heat and intrusion of the television cameras, and the concentration on the performance over the learning aspect of our role meant that none of my peers performed well that day. We…

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Managerialism… the Bane of This Generation | educationalist04

Linked to neo-liberal philosophy is the dangerous cult of managerialism.

In essence, managerialism is a belief that any business, enterprise or organisation can be reduced to a series of inputs designed to maximise particular outputs.

It grew out of corporate activities from the seventies, although you could project its origins backwards to Henry Ford’s production line or the earliest cotton mills.

Within a factory context it may have a perfect setting. Managers in factories are employed to optimise a system to produce a product at lowest cost.

When managerialism is applied to social…

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Moral Philosophy – Relevant and Desirable in Schools? | educationalist04

The last few years have seen some breathtakingly perverse actions by political leaders and the substitution of the word fake in front of news.

There appears to be a moral disconnect between the leaders and the led, characterised by events in the UK and the US in particular. The social imperative that everyone in a society counts – the foundation of much of what we have held dear since 1945 – is challenged by what I would characterise as a crisis in capitalism.

These developments make the moral compass inaccurate and cause people to doubt their core values and moral imperatives.


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