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Cover of Should robots replace teachers Review of ‘Should robots replace teachers?’ November 11, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Description

This book by Neil Selwyn looks at the reality and rhetoric around AI in education. It feels like an easy read but it raises a number of complex critical issues and questions that anyone involved in education or developing AI based tools should engage with. (more…)

Picture of a question mark Blog posts vs journal articles October 2, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

As an academic who is focussed on having an impact on education policy and practice I struggle with whether to concentrate on publishing in journal articles or blog posts. Do both I hear you say, but that is also problematic. Here are the issues: (more…)

Why traditional schools can never be effective September 6, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

I have argued elsewhere that (human) learning is the process of becoming part of an enduring collection of people who are mutually engaged in a shared endeavour, they have shared purposes and shared ways of working. In this context, I argued that teaching should involve inducting young people into such communities. However, this clearly creates a problem for schools. (more…)

Mountain peaks Radical change strategy August 30, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Opinion

In previous posts I have talked about why school is a problem, how people learn and hence how we should teach, what should be learnt in school, and that we need to think more radically about the design of schooling. In this post I suggest a strategy for achieving this sort of 'disruptive innovation'. (more…)

Boy looking through fence We need schome August 23, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

In a series of earlier posts based on my OU inaugural lecture I outlined why school is a problem, how we should teach and what young people should learn. This implied far reaching changes to schooling as we know it today. However, I suspect that I didn't go far enough. In this post I suggest that we need to think even more radically about schooling (see Figure 1). (more…)