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Personal Reflection

How I lost my first job as a teacher

Posted on 16 October 2019 by Kevin Smith

Typically, these posts are 800 words or less. However, I’ve missed a post – so I’ll make up for that with a double-post today. I hope you enjoy it. My first teaching job was as an ICT teacher at a small secondary school in one of the most-deprived areas in Cincinnati. We were a “Title
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Education

Teacher Demoralization

Posted on 23 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

In a previous post on Kevin Smith’s blog, I discussed the distinction between discourses of “best practices” that dominate education discussions and “enacted values,” which I offer as the more suitable discourse by which to frame conversations about education. In this post, I extend the conversation through a focus particularly on what is lost when
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My dad and I assembling the Millennium Falcon, 19, Dec. 1980

Education, Personal Reflection

Suicide Prevention and School

Posted on 9 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

*Content Notice: This post discusses suicide among children and adults. One evening in October of 1995, my family and I visited my parents. My sons were playing with grandpa downstairs while my mother, wife and I were in the kitchen talking. Eventually, dad came upstairs and asked mom for a stamp. She gave him one,
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Education, Educational Research

Does Philosophy have a role in the New Curriculum for Wales?

Posted on 19 August 2019 by Kevin Smith

In today’s post, Darius Klibavicius writes about research he undertook as a postgraduate student in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff Univeristy. I had the pleasure of supervising Darius’ Masters thesis and hope you enjoy this short summary as much as I do. “In schools … we probably steer away from it [philosophy] because maybe
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