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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    Rolling Stones and Mozart CDs posted through catflap. Jan has no cultural discrimination!
  • 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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    Baltimore and Witchfinder are two parts of the Mignolaverse I’ve never read. Baltimore first… !
  • So. The much-touted iOS 13 access to usb drives is crippled by the fact that the USB adapter requires a power source. Oh, and it won’t run off and external battery. Which rather puts an end to it as a mobile solution if it needs to be plugged in, doesn’t it?
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    Updating USB adapter. I didn’t know this was a thing.

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