Archive for September, 2007

An Incentive to Cheat

September 29, 2007

Most people have heard of “The Law of Unintended Consequences”, the notion that the consequences of your actions may be far different to those you intended. It is possible that one Government policy is encouraging teachers to give unethical levels of assistance to their students. (more…)

The Exam Chestnut

September 24, 2007

You know what I mean, we hear the same refrain every year when the GCSE, AS and A2 results come out. On the one side detractors say that exams must be getting too easy and on the other the Government and the Education Establishment say that the latest results are evidence of ever increasing standards. Who, if anyone, is right? (more…)

Welcome To Education Watch

September 22, 2007

Like many people, I am increasingly concerned about the public lack of understanding about science issues, compounding by the misrepresentations of science in the media. There are many websites which address these issues such as http://forums.randi.org and www.badscience.net . The latter is the brainchild of the Guardian science columnist, Ben Goldacre.

The root cause of people falling for dubious scientific claims is surely due to the fact that they have received a poor science education. If quackery, woos and outright frauds are to be eliminated we need a scientifically knowledgable population. The responsibility for that lies with our education system. 

The purpose of this blog is to examine our education system and determine whether or not it is succeeding.

I work in science education but do not wish to say more as I may express views which conflict with received wisdom (ie the opinions of my management).

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September 22, 2007

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