The Meaning of Depth and Breadth in Education

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Here, McGilchrist is referring to the breadth and flexibility of attention, rather than of the curriculum. Reference. Sea port with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba, by Claude Lorrain (1648). This image is used by Iain McGilchrist in his discussion of depth.

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Tinkering with the system won’t help reinvent the purpose of education

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I am recently retired, so a bit out of the loop, but from my perspective not a lot has changed between 2006 and 2019, in the sense that education has not been ‘reinvented’ – notably there hasn’t been, at government and policy-making level, a change in philosophy.

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Two kinds of knowing

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But I have also in past posts explored other themes with reference to McGilchrist – themes such as truth , betweenness , the meaning of ‘Other’. (I References . This is the third theme I have selected from Iain McGilchrist’s book, The Master and His Emissary.

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The Meaning of ‘Flow’ in Education

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References. Anyone who follows this blog will know that I am interested in the work of Iain McGilchrist and what we can learn from his book The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.

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What did Socrates ever do for us?

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There is so much information ‘out there’ about these three giants of philosophy, so many websites, so many articles, so many books, all of which are easy to find, that there is no need to repeat it all here and we only needed brief reference to it in our session.

2019 139

Attending to the invisible ‘Other’

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To end this post, here is a quote which I saw at the Kochi Biennale (Fort Kochi, Kerala, India) earlier this week, which serendipitously also references the ‘Other’, but in another context. Kochi Biennale 2019.

2019 148

A New Model for Transition?

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Thanks to Jae Mather for pointing me to David Suzuki’s reference to this model, to the Rockstrom team who developed the first iteration of the model, and to Kate for saying so eloquently what should always have been obvious.

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Archeology and legitimate peripheral participation


When I talked to the kids I referred to the movie we just finished watching where a boy has to figure out how things work in the future after he got there by an accident: he observes, does what other people do and asks questions. In October I went with the kids to join as volunteers for recent excavation in Katwijk. Yesterday there was a follow-up opportunity to join the team, this time to help with identification the findings.

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How Can We Prepare For an Unknowable Future?

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This idea of precarity (it’s the noun that relates to the adjective precarious ) refers to uncertainty and the perception of possible risk or danger.

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Writing Grey Words

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Forms of the verb ‘to be’ ( am, are, is, was, were, will be, have been etc) that refer to something perceived as separate. Just be aware, I suppose, of what is written that refers to what doesn’t really exist.

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New Year’s Eve in Kerala, 2018

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It struck me that the article has many messages for how I might wish to progress into 2019. Of course it’s possible to criticise McGilchrist’s use of ‘we’, question who ‘we’ refers to and feel uncomfortable with the generalisation, but nevertheless, for me, there is some truth in this.

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