Reflections on “Democracy and Education”

The American philosopher, educator, and long-time member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) John Dewey (1959-1952) wrote “Democracy and Education: A Philosophy of Education” a century ago. It has been interpreted, re-interpreted and, according to Dewey, misinterpreted many times. I will not fall into that trap, but rather, offer a few reflections based on some of the ideas contained in that important book. It is about democracy, but in a broad sense; about the ethics of democracy and about develop...

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Defending Freedom: Educating in the Trump Era

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“It’s a subtle thing, freedom. It takes effort; it takes attention and focus to not act something like an automaton … Anyone whose automatic brain mechanisms habitually run in overdrive has diminished capacity for free decision making, especially if the parts...

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Teacher Unions, Many Countries, Common Challenges

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El Colegio de Profesores de Chile; Poland’s Zwiazek Nauczycielstwa Polskiego, or ZNP; The Educational Institute of Scotland; The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association in the United States. These disparate teacher unions face significant chal...

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The fifth tower of PISA

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The publication of OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA for short, is a triennial world event. Most education news is confined to specialist journals and blogs but when PISA results are announced they are headline news. Why? Because PISA is an eval...

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Turkish educators after the coup: ‘We will win’.

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Earlier this year, on the night of 15th July, there was an attempted coup in Turkey. The coup was quickly defeated and immediately afterwards the government imposed a State of Emergency. The government claims the State of Emergency is intended to defend and stabilise democracy. I...

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