William Blake at Tate Britain

As soon as I heard that the Tate was exhibiting a “once in a generation” collection of William Blake’s work, I knew it was an event I simply couldn’t miss. I’ve read a great deal of Blake’s poetry and taught Songs of Innocence and Experience a couple of times –…

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“Intelligent Education” or the Panopticon?

Terrifying article on Sixthtone.com about the use of “intelligent education” technology being developed in Chinese classrooms. The Chinese government is actively promoting an extensive AI programme, the Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan (NGAIDP), spending $150 billion to incorporate AI into every aspect of Chinese society. The article presents accounts…

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“Learning” and “Path-following”

I’m reading Robert Macfarlane’s wonderful The Old Ways. Early on he connects learning and path-following: The relationship between thinking and walking is also grained deep into language history, illuminated by perhaps the most wonderful etymology I know. The trail begins with our verb to learn, meaning ‘to acquire knowledge’. Moving…

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    Though I’m not sure Cream should have been treated so ignominiously.
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    Rolling Stones and Mozart CDs posted through catflap. Jan has no cultural discrimination!
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    So glad to see a new LoSH ongoing. Love the Legion! Worth it just to stare at Ryan Sook’s gorgeous artwork!
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    Have been staring at this for the last 6 hours! What the patients in the beds around me are suffering is pretty upsetting!
  • I’m perplexed by aspects of current English teaching. For instance, how can children study a novel at GCSE without understanding the plot? Seems to be considered an old-fashioned idea to guide children through a novel.

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