Monthly Archives: April 2013

Biking in today

If this doesn’t seem like an Early Childhood issue, well, read on. Yesterday’s Observer seems to have moved into the anti-cycling camp, even if only to give some publicity to the people who want to ban bikes from disturbing the tranquillity of … Continue reading

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More on Liz Truss’ vision

Media reaction to Monday’s piece (which I commented on here) continued. The New Statesman, for example, pointed out discrepancies in a couple of statements and claimed she “appears to be making it up as she goes along” and there was an (unsubstantiated) claim … Continue reading

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Return of the Werewolves?

Sarah’s ever-inventive LOLManuscripts and ITV’s magnificent Broadchurch on the telly tonight made me make explicit some connections that are latent in a lot of thinking about werewolves. Sabine Baring-Gould’s Book of Werewolves is full of relished detail, picking out bits … Continue reading

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Sense of Purpose

Liz Truss has made some comments which, if accurately reported in this morning’s Guardian, suggest that she and I sit at opposite ends of a spectrum of views of how children learn best.  “Free-flow play is not compulsory,” she states … Continue reading

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Gambia – Rewarding?

“So, how was Gambia?” The Gambia was what it always is when I go: an opportunity to learn, hot, a bit stressy, and that oddly fuzzy phrase rewarding. What does that really mean? I’m writing from the perspective that I … Continue reading

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