Is Original Sin a terrible concept?

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Katherine Birbalsingh, has got herself into hot water this week. Bibalsingh is a free school headteacher associated with an education philosophy that focuses on knowledge rich pedagogy and strict behaviour policies. She has also been appointed the chair of a social mobility commission recently.  Her comments that have caused an outcry have been about the… Continue reading Is Original Sin a terrible concept?

Don’t just give them knowledge on a plate

I’ve written a few articles over the past few days about the importance of providing foundational knowledge as we teach people, whether in schools, church or other educational type contexts.  I see this as important but things can go too far the other way. There is a benefit to not always teaching knowledge and providing… Continue reading Don’t just give them knowledge on a plate

Cultural Capital and Biblical Literacy

E.D. Hirsch is an American author and academic with a particular interest in literacy.  His ideas are currently catching on in the UK among educationalists although I’m sure quite a few teachers will say that they are basic common sense.[1] His premise is that before we worry about skills, we need a foundation of knowledge.… Continue reading Cultural Capital and Biblical Literacy