democracy, English-language posts

the one thing both sides can agree on

In the UK (if it’s still appropriate to call it that…..) there’s an incredible amount of bad feeling, division, distrust, resentment and anger going on right now, and when people are this angry at each other they tend to focus on their differences (which they use as insults to yell at each other).  I’d like to suggest that, understandable though this anger and shouting is, it would be more useful to try to find something that both Leavers and Remainers can agree on.
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democracy, English-language posts

The Brexit debate is no longer democratic

A simplistic view of democratic process is that it is about voting for what you want, but in reality democratic decision-making is far more complex: it’s about dialogue, and negotiation, and compromises both sides can live with. This is because democracy is founded on the idea that everybody has a valid perspective and therefore should have the right to contribute to decision-making – the aim then becomes a solution or compromise that satisfies as many of the interested parties as is realistically possible without compromising the central principle of mutual respect. 続きを読む

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Education and childhood, English-language posts

Real learning comes from curiosity

(この投稿を日本語で読むのはこちらです)

It’s my belief that we should leave children’s learning up to their own curiosity, because learning that comes from curiosity is true learning that they will remember throughout their life, whereas learning that they have forced upon them is shallow and soon forgotten. As an example, I want to reflect on my school-based maths learning.

At 16 years old I got an “A” in my maths GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education, a national exam in England), an exam that involved extensive algebra and trigonometry. Getting an “A” means that at the time I really must have learned the material, and yet now I can hardly do algebra at all. I can’t solve any but the most rudimentary of problems. 続きを読む

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教育と子育て, 日本語投稿

好奇心から学ぶ

(Read this post in English here)

子どもの学びは子ども自身の好奇心に任せばいいと思う。好奇心から始まる学びは身に付いてずっと覚えているから。逆に、強制的に学ばされるものは身につかない:理解が浅くて、すぐ忘れる。

例えば、私は16歳の時イギリスの公式算数試験で「A」を取った。内容は代数や三角法などで「A」を取ったなら解っているはずだ。でも今私は代数が解らないし、問題も解けない。2005年にイギリスの小学校教員免許を取ろうとしたとき、代数の知識は全くゼロから学んでいる状態だった。16才に覚えた内容を29才には完全に忘れていた。 続きを読む

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