Tag Archives: Questioning

Why Geography is Good For You (And Why You Should Take It At School)


Don’t take Geography if you want to know what the capitals of the world’s countries are. Don’t take it if you’re interested in the major imports and exports of Tajikistan. And stay away from Geography if you like knowing the … Continue reading

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25 Questions Every 21st Century Student Should Be Able to Answer


  What is the value of creativity? How do I evaluate the reliability of a website? How do I stay safe online? Why is metacognition important? How do I learn most effectively? How do I create an engaging presentation? How … Continue reading

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The One True Conspiracy Theory?


You’ve got to love a good conspiracy theory. My favorite is the one about how Sir Paul McCartney is actually a doppelgänger who secretly replaced the first one after the original Paul’s unexpected death. Like all good conspiracy theories, this … Continue reading

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10 Things I Want Parents To Know About School


If you tell your child that school and learning are not that important in the grand scheme of things, and if you are never curious about anything, and if your entertainment choices involve more mindless television than enlightening reading, and if you close off avenues of thought for your kids through your own narrow-mindedness, and if you are bigoted and biased – how can you expect me to broaden your child’s mind? Continue reading

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Critical Thinking Gallery (Pictures)


Each one asks a question.

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Is Teaching Critical Thinking The Most Important (And Most Under-Taught) Skill At School? #SlowChatEd


I sometimes think that my school indulges my madness too easily. A few years ago, I suggested that we offer Chess as an Option subject for our Grade 8s and 9s. I firmly believe that the lessons chess has to … Continue reading

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Opiate of the Masses: Richard Dawkins’s Brilliant Analogy


Opiate of the Masses (Excerpt) by Richard Dawkins It is a highly addictive drug, but governments everywhere encourage its use… I came across this excellent piece by Richard Dawkins on 'Gerin Oil' recently. It serves as an excellent analogy for … Continue reading

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Why Declining National Assessment Standards Hurts Kids


You would think that lowering the standards of final national exams in South Africa would be good news for kids. Easier exams mean more of them pass more easily. And top students can clean up. You would be wrong. Easier … Continue reading

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And In The Darkness Bind Them: The Biggest Education Myth Of All


On Medieval Elitism, The Mythological Underworld and Magical Fellowships Wading Through the Fog There is a thick layer of myths in education. We are surrounded by things that sound as if they should be true, but are not. Despairingly, most … Continue reading

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My Playlist of Animated Shorts to Teach Philosophy, Critical Thinking and Controversial Issues


Hope you can use them. Please give me a shout if you think there are any I should add… Pay me a visit on Twitter: http://twitter.com/seanhcole

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What Teachers Want Students to Learn


A year or two ago, I asked my colleagues this question: ‘What three things do you most want students to learn in your class?’ Below are the summarized results. They make for some very interesting reading, and for me reveal … Continue reading

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What is Intelligence? (Towards An Integrated Conception of Braininess)


Introduction: On Love and Light-Sabres What is Intelligence? It seems like an easy question. But it really isn’t. I’ve been thinking about intelligence for years, and I have yet to find a definition I entirely agree with. Of course, there … Continue reading

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A Very Academic Problem


The Teachers vs The Greeks Teachers: Please stop using the word ‘academic’. You don’t know what it means. When you say things like “this is an academic school”, or “we need to lift our academic standards”, or even “I am … Continue reading

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Traditione Innititur Timore: Why School Traditions Are a Really Bad Thing


The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself. (BRUCE LEE, Tao of Jeet Kune Do) … Continue reading

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Why I Teach (Part 1)


I teach to see the lights go on behind young people’s eyes when they discover something new about the world.

I teach to awaken them to what they can really do if they try.

I teach to show them that there isn’t always an easy solution, and that appreciating ambiguity and uncertainty is often worth more than easy answers… Continue reading

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Reboot Diary: 15 Things I Took Away From #30GoalsEdu 2013


Wednesday 10 July 2013: Jazz and Strange Dinner Guests One of the many strange things about being a teacher is that your job and your life eventually become intertwined. You simply cannot leave work at work because there is always … Continue reading

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Even More Thought-Provoking Gems for Teachers


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More Rootin’ Tootin’ Education Inspiration for Teachers


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How to Stop Being Stupid – Part 2 (The Control and Eradication of Common Thought Pests)


THE OUTBREAK Each of the following thought pests (cognitiva ignorantia pestes) occupies the moist, fertile habitat between your ears. Purging them is critical for a healthy thinking ecosystem. Failure to decontaminate infestations may result in a severe plague, culminating in … Continue reading

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The Most Inspiring Motivational Posters for Teachers


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