Monthly Archives: October 2012

Whose cultural capital?

Diane Hofkins My mother invented a curriculum for cultural capital way before E D Hirsch. In the late 1960s she created a special course to help the brightest students at her New York City girls’ high school to pass the

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The workers who surf the zeitgeist – how can we help others learn what they know?

Sai Loo Everyone knows the Ronseal advert. Like the product itself, it does what it says on the tin. Simple and clear, it has become part of our everyday language. But producing an advert like that demands a great deal

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education

Giving girl power a new, global meaning

Elaine Unterhalter The United Nations has declared today the world’s first International Day of the Girl Child. Events are being held around the world to publicise many aspects of girls’ lives and education features prominently. The large global NGO Plan

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Do we need any exams at 16?

John White  The EBacc controversy sparks a further question. Do we need any public exams at 16? With the school leaving age due to rise to 18 in 2015, why don’t we just have a graduation certificate at that age for

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