Tagged with education

How to Create a Perfect Wife

How to Create a Perfect Wife

This is an intriguing book by Wendy Moore, a journalist and author who I’d never heard of. The story fills in a lot of gaps in my historical knowledge, especially featuring the poet Thomas Day who I knew from his famous abolitionist poem The Dying Negro and his book on child centred education. He was … Continue reading

Oxford comes to Stamford

Here’s a curious article from Highways and Byways of Leicestershire: “near the old St Paul’s Church schoolroom is a beautiful Early English gateway, which is all that remains of Brasenose College. ..Violent town and gown quarrels resulting even in murders, at Oxford, in 1260, had caused several students to migrate to Northampton, where Henry III directed … Continue reading

The First Oxford Colleges

This is some more from Highways and Byways of Oxford and the Cotswolds by H A Evans: “Before the coming of Walter de Merton the Oxford students had lived in private houses – whether called halls, inns or hotels… the discipline and supervision to which they were liable were merely such as could be supplied … Continue reading

Remembrance and Respect

In yesterday’s paper was an article ‘How about a black face on the back of a tenner?’ in which the journalist led with an incident from her mother’s career as an English teacher in Liverpool in the 1980s. “Half way through a lesson on Shakespeare, one of her pupils, a black boy from Toxteth, asked: … Continue reading

English Literacy

In the bible of Bristol history, the 19th century journalist John Latimer claimed that most of the city’s inhabitants were ‘as illiterate as the back of a tombstone, but this changed dramatically in the succeeding decades, with many schools being founded, often by Non Conformists, especially Quakers. Carl Philip Moritz’s observations in London of 1782 … Continue reading

Men in Teaching

Men in Teaching

It is several decades since women won the fight for equal pay, which makes is really sad how polarised gender roles continue to be, at least in the crucial field of primary education. There is a desperate shortage of male primary school teachers in this country – anecdotaly I am hearing it is something like … Continue reading

On Education

On Education

People with kids are plugged into an annual cycle of school related events, especially towards the end of the school year, with exams, sports days etc that leave the rest of us completely untouched. Much of what I hear of the education system is moaning about how hard it is to get into a good … Continue reading

Mr Henry Bridges’ Microcosm

Mr Henry Bridges’ Microcosm

Update: This book has been completely rewritten and will be released as ‘Mr Bridges’ Enlightenment Machine’ in various formats in early 2018. This is the strange story about a giant musical & astronomical clock that toured much of the western world between 1733 and its disappearance around 1775. I have spent years tracking this enormous … Continue reading

Where Would We Be Without Moravia?

Yes, that’s right, that funny sounding place that nobody’s ever heard of, never mind can point to on a map. Well, I’ve just been reading about the Moravians, a religious group which had an impact on the world far beyond their origins. But then I looked up the place on Wiki to find out where … Continue reading