‘Neither Brussels or the City – for the many not the few’. | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

I’m going to come over all marxist on this one. Surely, their division represents the crisis that they can’t solve. Both at a UK level and a world level, (see Trump) there is deep anxiety from those who believe 100% in the ‘market’ . They have pulled all the levers which should have guaranteed them success in being able to ‘win’ – that is secure profitability, their own power and a minimum of disorder. They’ve got their 0% interest rates and their quantitative easing, their state stakes in the banks, their tax havens but it’s not enough. The competition between chunks of capital is getting…

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Rees-Mogg, the ‘metropolitan establishment’ and his own ‘establishment’ | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

When Jacob Rees-Mogg signalled that there is something bad called the ‘metropolitan establishment’, we can ask, which part of himself is not part of this metropolitan establishment? He is using Trump-Bannon and Hitlerian tactics, attacking an ‘elite’ in order to strengthen a national elite, his own one.

Which bit of the following is not ‘metropolitan establishment’? 
“Rees-Mogg was born into a wealthy family in Hammersmith, London…he worked in the City of London for Lloyd George Management until 2007, then co-founded a hedge fund management business, Somerset Capital Management LLP.”(from…

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3 booklets for teachers and students on how to have fun with literature. | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

I have written 3 booklets on response, analysis and practical ways to introduce texts as a means to support our MA students (mostly teachers) at Goldsmiths, in their work in schools, and in response to their analyses of transcripts of students’ response to books, poems, plays, and stories.

The conventional means of analysing texts lags at least 40 years behind the insights of intertextuality, narratology, structuralism, reception theory and even Hollywood pragmatism (!). A lot of this sounds obscure and difficult and is often only available on literary theory courses for BA or MA courses. I…

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Exams are designed to confirm the capabilities of those who devise them. | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

I believe that exam systems are designed to reinforce and confirm the capabilities or self-perceived capabilities of those who devise them. They then make this equal ‘education’.
That’s to say:  their content, their ways of asking questions, the way they are marked, the kind of preparation needed to do well in them, the amount of preparation needed to do well in them, their ways of being marked, the immediate outcomes of having succeeded or failed at them, the ways in which certain exam subjects are prioritised over others, the way certain subjects, kinds of knowledge, fields of knowledge are…

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What is important knowledge about a ‘text’ (a book, a poem, a play, an essay, an article etc) | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

Here is a text. 
(A text is put in front of us)
What is the ‘important knowledge’ about it? 
It is its history, its structure,its techniques, its antecedents, its effect on its contemporaries, its effect on those who have written texts or spoken about this text since this text first appearedits effect on you the reader, its method of narrations, its use of time, how the society of its time produced it, its genre, its use of reveal-conceal,its use of specifics in the text in order to represent ideas beyond or around the text,the degree to which it draws attention to how it itself is written…

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National unity? I don’t think so. | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

One of the great claims of the Conservative Party is that it is the truly national, unionist party of the UK. It will always try to portray itself as more patriotic, more loyal to the crown, more prepared to ‘defend’ the country than any other party. Its real job has been to ‘unite’ the country to the needs of big business and it frequently uses the flag, the monarchy, and various vague but potent ideas around being the ‘natural’ party of power, or that they are decent people because they wear suits and talk with southern-sounding RP accents, or that because ‘business’ is supposedly naturally…

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Word gap. Is it? | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

I’m reading a good deal about the ‘word gap’. This is the observation that there is a huge gap in the number of words known by different children. This blog is a query.

Language is always more than just words. It’s about how we sequence words, whether in passages of speech or writing or whether in conversation. Random production of words is not language. So, if we’re going to talk about a ‘word gap’, we had better be sure that this is at best a shorthand for saying ‘language gap’ as just counting different words will not tell us enough about how children are communicating with each…

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