Category Archives: aims of education

School as a manufacturing process

Over most of this century, school has been conceived as a manufacturing process in which raw materials (youngsters) are operated upon by the educational process (machinery), some for a longer period than others, and turned into finished products. Youngsters learn … Continue reading

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The Textbook League

I came across this site while reading an article, there are interesting reviews of textbooks used in schools. And some of these reviews are gory, splitting out the blood and guts of the textbooks and their inaneness. Hopefully, many people … Continue reading

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Knowledge, its use and teaching

Bodies of knowledge are, with a few exceptions, not designed to be taught, but to be used. To teach a body of knowledge is thus a highly artificial enterprise. thus a highly artificial enterprise. The transition from knowledge regarded as … Continue reading

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Implicit cognition in the visual mode

Images become iconified, with the image representing an object or phenomena, but this happens by enculturation rather by training. An example to elaborate this notion is the painting Treachery of Images by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte. The painting is also … Continue reading

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Millions of Computers for Millions of Children

Yesterday ( it should be now read “a couple of years back”)while giving a talk, I was asked this rhetorical question (not verbatim, but close): “What did you say was the sample size of your study?” “Two. This was a … Continue reading

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Politics Science Education or Science Education Politics or Science Politics Education

I am rather not sure what should be the exact title of this post. Apart from the two options above it could have been any other combination of these three words. Because I would be talking about all three of … Continue reading

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A Piagetian Curriculum?

There are those who think about creating a “Piagetian curriculum” or “Piagetian teaching methods.” But to my mind these phrases and the activities they represent are contradictions in terms. I see Piaget as the theorist of learning without curriculum and … Continue reading

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Main purpose of the educational sector

The main purpose of the health sector is not to provide other sectors with workers in good health. By the same token, the main purpose of the educational sector is not to prepare students to take up an occupation in … Continue reading

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Radical Openness – Scientific Research

“The more we’re getting into this the more it’s apparent this is a radical new way to scientific research. Traditional research is done in an institution with patent protection. IP protection and patents slows progress because it reduces collaboration and … Continue reading

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