Martin Robinson

ResearchEd 2017

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the fifth national researchEd conference. It was the biggest event yet and the scale and quality of the speakers was really superb. It really was a privilege to attend, speak and connect with so many teachers and researchers. I really enjoyed hearing from the formidable …

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The Problem with Teaching Character

You can’t read or hear about an Education Secretary (see here) or Shadow Secretary (see here) lately without chewing on a bit of GRIT and being told about how we should all be teaching ‘character’ for the betterment of…well, everybody. It surely proves good politics on the doorstep. Who could argue with wanting our children …

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Beyond ‘Constructivism versus Direct Instruction’

This morning I read an excellent blog post by Martin Robinson (@SurrealAnarchy), writer of ‘Trivium 21c‘ – see here. I was particularly struck by this sage statement: “Our need is not to fashion an easy answer but to hold the competing ideologies together in an awkward contradictory balance, as we do in liberal democracies, for …

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