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Thesis 32 – Early Years Learning

The proper education of the young does not consist in stuffing their heads with a mass of words, sentences, and ideas dragged together out of various authors, but in opening up their understanding to the outer world, so that a living stream may flow from their own minds, just as leaves, flowers, and fruit spring […]

Thesis 31 – Work Ethic

No child is too poor or of too humble birth to go to school.  An education is the right of every person; those who are less bright need instruction to lift them out of their ignorance, whilst those with an inquiring mind need the discipline of education lest they be tempted to idleness.1   As […]

Thesis 30 – Man For All Seasons

  Children need to learn to think, to make connections, to work together, to take risks, to discover their own talents.  They need to read about all kinds of things and explore different media.  They need a curriculum that is broad, balanced and differentiated.1   Born in 1564, and so thirty years younger than his […]

Thesis 28 – Origins of Modern Education

In recent years it has been said ruefully that the English naturally excel in invention, the Japanese in manufacturing and the Americans in salesmanship.  Why are the English like this?  It seems it all goes back to the Reformation, to the very first book ever written in England about education, which argued that as a […]

Thesis 27 – A Nation State

The Reformation was the beginning of the transformation of a society based on faith in authority, to a society based on the authority of the individual’s own faith ─ from a society where there had been a high level of faith in a central dogma to, after many a bloody struggle, a new form of […]

Thesis 25 – Early English School

“The knowledge of past events has further virtues, especially in that it distinguishes rational creatures from brutes, for brutes whether men or beast, do not know… about their origins, their race, and the events and happenings in their native land”.1   The conquering Normans rapidly displaced the original nobility and replaced English bishops by Frenchmen.  […]

Thesis 24 – Emergence of the English

The life of nations, no less than that of men, is lived largely in the imagination.  History is continuously being edited to empower the story each generation wishes to believe about itself.1   The Romans were in britain for nearly four hundred years, and when they withdrew in 407 they left behind a well-farmed land […]

Thesis 22 – Judaism and Christianity

Of the three roots of western civilization ─  Greece, Rome and Palestine ─ it is the influence of the Jews which is the most extraordinary.  A tribe of desert nomads seeking land of their own between the great kingdoms of Assyria, Babylon and Egypt, these were a people whose struggles against adversity had convinced them […]

Thesis 21 – Roman Law and Order

The Romans were to the Greeks what today’s young venture capitalists are to middle-aged professors of moral philosophy.  They just didn’t think in the same way, or hold similar values.  While the Greeks were exhausting themselves in costly wars the determined, no-nonsense farmers of Latinium progressively transformed themselves into merchants, and then into soldiers so […]

Thesis 12 – The Need To Know

Children’s search for meaning starts young.  Children who are already anxious to make sense of issues that matter to them in their own private lives, who come to formal schooling keen and enthusiastic to use whatever it can offer them to help meet their personal objectives.  It is not the other way round.  The greatest […]

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