Category Archives: People

Pearson’s Five Things I’ve Learned: Andreas Schleicher

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I recently bought the OECD publication 'Education at a Glance 2013' to help with a research/market analysis consultancy commission. As a result I appear to be on another mailing list and received  the OECD's glossy Observer magazine through the post last week. Overall it's a really good read but the article that I enjoyed the most was 'Lessons for Educators' by Andreas Schleicher (which turns out to be his contribution to Pearson's excellent 'The Five Things I've.
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Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

There has been much controversy recently around how we measure success in the not-for-profit sector. I really like this TED Talk by Dan Pallotta which challenges conventional thinking in this area and suggests that we: focus on the scale of charities dreams rather than the size of their overheads. His argument picks-up five aspects where charities face what he calls 'discrimination' against the expectations and standards we have for the private sector: #1 Compensation Pallotta argues that salaries and bonuses that are associated with 'doing well for yourself' appear to be almost without.
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The Chimp Paradox – Dr Steve Peters

I am a bit of a mug for business books and love reading popular psychology. Many books in these genres are quite frankly rubbish, not based on any scientific evidence and too often completely useless in terms of generalising beyond the particular experiences or circumstances of the individual author. My interest in these books is usually both personal and professional - is there anything I can learn to improve myself and are there any useful insights that.
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The Leadership Diamond

The Leadership Diamond

I had the honour of attending a wonderful discussion a few weeks ago, organised by my friend Joe Laffery of Lifetree (@joelafferty) and former CEO of Tayside NHS Tony Wells.  The main contributor to the day was Peter Koestenbaum the founder of Philosophy in Business. It was one of those days when the self-employment dial was at the 'overworked' end of the scale, rather than pointing to ' I wonder what I'll do today?' (which luckily is still a rare event).  I was sorely.
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Code Hero

Just made a small donation and downloaded Code Hero from Primer Labs (thanks to Matt Seeney at Knowledge Nation for sharing the link). The concept behind Code Hero is quite simply that young people can extend their capabilities and have a better understanding of their world if they learn how to actively create rather than passively consume. Computer coding can provide a very powerful way into this world but is often difficult to get into and involves a very steep learning curve (Logo springs to mind as a notable exception from my days as.
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Stephen Pinker on Language and Human Relations

Been re-watching some of the RSA Animate videos and came across this great one by Steven Pinker. I don't always agree with his analysis or for that matter all of the conclusions he makes, but to my mind he continues to make a serious contribution to our understanding at a very deep level of what it is to be human. In this video he turns his attention to the role of innuendo in human relations. His hypothesis is that even obvious innuendos are useful devices for maintaining fictional relationships as they are based on.
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John Hunter and ‘The World Peace Game’

Got this link from Colm Linnane, Scottish Book Trust Online Teacher in Residence - @colmsbt John Hunter is a brilliant teacher: humble; self-effacing; enabling; dedicated to improving learning; an inspirational role model. Can you just imagine the delight of being one of his 4th Graders learning through his '21st Century Wisdom Table'? Do you think he has to spend a lot of time dealing with disruption or managing student underachievement? Just think.
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Sir Ken Robinson on Passion

Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.

A lot of this talk covers the same ground as the talk he gave at the RSAMD in Glasgow on the 8th March so a great opportunity to catch-up if you missed him. I am currently doing a few days work for my old employer Learning and Teaching Scotland. The task is to support a working group of the LTS Advisory Council to publish their thoughts on 'Creativity Across Learning'. There is some symmetry in this task as first job I.
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Hans Rosling: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

I love this from the BBC 4 series the 'Joy of Stats'. It's a shorter version of the Ted Talks that Hans Rosling, expert on global health, did in 2006/07 (worth watching if you have time). A wonderful example of how data and statistics can be presented in a way that is both compelling and memorable. I will never think of the differences between the so called 'developed' and 'developing world' in the same way again..
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Changing Education Paradigms – Sir Ken Robinson

Just came across this lovely little video from the RSA. Nothing new here but expressed so clearly, and with Sir Ken Robinson's trademark incisiveness and good humour. It's a real gem, hope you enjoy it as much as I did..
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