To be isolated is always to assert oneself numerically; when you assert yourself as one, that is isolation — Søren Kierkegaard [1]

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Scott Walker

When Scott Walker died aged 76, on 22nd March 2019, it brought a slew of articles saying thing such as “pop singer who turned experimental” (The New York Times), “experimental pop hero” (The Guardian), “experimental singer-songwriter” (Rolling Stone), “ influential rock enigma” (BBC) and “pop idol turned avant auteur” (NPR Music). Notwithstanding the fact that there no such thing an an avant auteur, the articles all pointed to the same thing: the teenage pop idol who embraced experimental…


I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression. — Dylan Thomas[1]

How to travel during the Coronavirus lockdown? This is why we listen to music, it transports us, although it won’t always take you to where you hope to go.

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Cate Le Bon came to my attention following one of my strange completist phases. I had noticed I was enjoying more and more female singers: Joanna Newsom, Angel Olsen, Courtney Barnett, Agnes Obel…


MC5 — High Time (1971)

Detroit’s just a great place. It started with the music that I like, but the whole area (is great). I like to go up to Mackinac and fish. I got a lot of reasons to like Detroit, but most of all, the music has always been the greatest part. I’ve been working with the kids — George Clinton [1]

Late 60s Detroit is a place that exists best in my imagination.. I picture it as normal to see the odd Motown star strolling into the studio at 2648 West Grand Boulevard and hear Berry Gordy’s particular brand of driving soul…


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Socrates: questions formed the basis of his approach to learning

In this, the second of my posts looking at the Cockcroft report, I wish to consider paragraph 246 which extrapolates the report’s statement that mathematics teaching should include “discussion between teacher and pupils and between pupils themselves.

In paragraph 246, the report suggests that

The ability to ‘say what you mean and mean what you say’ should be one of the outcomes of good mathematics teaching. This ability develops as a result of opportunities to talk about mathematics, to explain and discuss results which have been obtained, and to test hypotheses.

This idea is found in the 2014 National Curriculum


This post was inspired by the Cockcroft report (1982) and came about after considering paragraph 245:

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Exposition by the teacher has always been a fundamental ingredient of work in the classroom and we believe that this continues to be the case. We wish, though, to stress one aspect of it which seems often to be insufficiently appreciated. Questions and answers should constitute a dialogue. There is a need to take account of, and to respond to, the answers which pupils give to questions asked by the teacher as the exposition develops. …

Kal Hodgson

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