Educational reforms mostly based on ideology, best guesses and hope

According to Professor Emeritus Larry Cuban at Stanford University educational reforms to a large extent is based on political hype that is characterised by unrealistic expectations. This is the conclusion of a study of 23 American educational reforms. From this perspective Professor Gunnel Colnerud at Linköping University in Sweden writes …

Why isn’t there any R&D for better schools?

There is a lot of political discussions in most countries about education. Mostly from a determination to keep the old instrumental vision of knowledge from the Industrial Society running without that much of a competition. With this background Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the US …

Intrinsic Motivation Part 2: Emotion and rationality

In western philosophy, there is a strong tendency to separate common sense from emotion. The school-system is one of the most apparent examples on this profound misapprehension.  Professor Peter Gärdenfors writes: ”Without emotional evaluation of different activities and their consequences, our will would not have any direction.” This means that …

Sweden’s new computer-licence-fee violates basic human rights?

According to the UN Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 all citizens have; ”freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” With the web this basic right has been made possible to use to its fullest …