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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Just something to pass the time ...

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I experienced some development education the other day.  It with the presenter saying "I like doing things" and that this was to be a "hands-on" session.  We looked at bits of photos of India, putting them together, jig-saw like and then talking about what they showed.  Ours was of a city scape, a dual carriageway road with moving traffic: from gleaming 4x4s, to (equally polished)  three-wheel taxis, and the odd récherche Austin/Morris saloon.  I suggested that the photograph illustrated prosperity: wrong answer, it seemed.  We moved on to a variety of other activities: I to looking at an informative, but dated, banana industry resource pack that showed the evils of global capitalism (which I knew about anyway), and the woman next to me to making "Ghanian" beads out of strips of wallpaper.  I wasn't sure what this was supposed to show; something about the Ghanian economy, I think, where there must be surplus wallpaper if the activity was to make sense.  There was no grounding of any of this in curriculum, pedagogy or learning.  It was just – in Jeremy Clarkson's words about Sudoko – something to pass the time – before we die.


Low Marks for re-writing of Nursery Rhymes

📥  News and Updates

As the Times and Telegraph have reported today, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that government adverts based on Jack and Jill and Rub-A-Dub-Dub make exaggerated claims about the threat to Britain from global warming, going farther than the scientific consensus warrants.  The ASA compared the text of the adverts with the reports of the IPCC, and has ruled that the advertising code of practice has been broken on three counts: substantiation, truthfulness, and environmental claims.

The conclusion has to be: "Must try harder".  It if wants people to take its case seriously (as it does), then integrity and honesty need to be at the heart of every government message, just as they need to be there in every lesson taught.