Monthly Archives: October 2010

I’m a little bit jealous but I’m glad you did it so I don’t have to

Architecture for Humanity – Cameron Sinclair Living Architecture – Alain de Botton Threadless.com online tee-shirt design community Other lovely things I’m just glad are in the world, really glad 🙂 TED Riverside School ‘I Can’ Programme, India – Kiran Bir … Continue reading

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DUMB goals, and other ideas for Generation i to live by…

You’ve heard of SMART goals, but what about DUMB goals? Disruptive Unrealistic Meaningful & Bold Generation i ? : – Impact – Intelligence – Insight – Interesting – Innovative – ideas – inspiration – iPod/Phone/Pad! – I, we, the planet … Continue reading

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Sweet: ethical chocolate from Rowntree to Divine

I’m watching a documentary about poverty in York in 1910, following the research and groundbreaking work of Sebohm Rowntree. The Edwardian philanthropist, son of Joseph, invested in improving the living conditions of the chocolate factory workers. It reminds me of … Continue reading

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Working 24/7?

It might often feel like we work 24/7, or like we need to, to get things done. Certainly with an overfull-time job of 50 or 60 hours per week, preceded and followed by a few hours of childcare each day, … Continue reading

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School: is it all about achievement?

Should school be a results-factory where children are constantly pushed to “achieve their potential?” Or a safe place to try, fail and try again? “Tout le monde a le droit de foutre en l’air sa propre vie,” as Amelie Poulain … Continue reading

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I Heart Hackney Free School

Can we, should we, open a Free School in Upper Clapton, Hackney? After three months or research and frank discussion, I’m confident of my own position on the ethical, political and educational debates. I’m also very confident of demand from … Continue reading

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2x3Rs

A good education should be a preparation for life. I propose two further sets of ‘3Rs’ (inspired by a discussion with Alain de Botton): Learning to Learn: Reasoning, Rhetoric, use of Resources Learning for Life: Responsibility, Relationships, Resilience

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