No, it’s not a good idea to ignore bad behaviour, but here’s a better one | Greg Ashman

UK newspaper, The Independent are reporting that, “Teachers should ignore low-level disruptive behaviour in the classroom to reduce it.” This is, apparently, based upon a University of Exeter Medical School study conducted by a Professor Tamsin Ford. Unfortunately, The Independent does not see fit to provide us with a link to the study and when … Continue reading No, it’s not a good idea to ignore bad behaviour, but here’s a better one →

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Alan Finkel, Australia’s chief scientist, is starting to get it | Greg Ashman

I have written before about reports and articles published by the office of Australia’s chief scientist (most recently here). They tend to be of the motivate-kids-with-cool-stuff variety alongside a mouthing of tropes about 21st century skills. No more. Alan Finkel, the incumbent, seems to have seen the light. I don’t know who he’s been talking … Continue reading Alan Finkel, Australia’s chief scientist, is starting to get it →

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Kindergarten careers advice | Greg Ashman

Henrietta Cook in The Age is reporting that the Victorian government intends to introduce careers advice from the age of twelve. I am not opposed to such an idea. Often, many students have little idea of what is out there and available for them. However, the ensuing discussion demonstrates just what a muddle we have managed … Continue reading Kindergarten careers advice →

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God is dead and you have no soul | Greg Ashman

In their 2011 book, John Sweller, Slava Kalyuga and Paul Ayres argue that the brain does not require a central executive to coordinate cognitive processes. This places them at odds with Baddeley’s model of working memory in an intriguing and curious way. In part, they argue by analogy. They compare the model of the brain … Continue reading God is dead and you have no soul →

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Mental health crisis or moral panic? | Greg Ashman

Ann John is Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University in Wales. She has recorded a talk for Four Thought, a BBC radio programme and podcast, on the issue of young people and mental health. Much of the current discussion reminds Ann of the panic about the MMR vaccine that was a hot topic … Continue reading Mental health crisis or moral panic? →

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Imagine your mind is made of Christmas trees | Greg Ashman

Imagine that your mind is a bunch of Christmas trees. Note that I wrote, ‘imagine’. I am not claiming your mind is literally a bunch of Christmas trees, which may seem obvious but is nonetheless important, as we shall see later. Anyway, go with it for now. Every time you learn something new, you hang … Continue reading Imagine your mind is made of Christmas trees →

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