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Florence Nightingale: polymath.

In the modern era, where specialisation holds the keys to the kingdom, its worth remembering that it wasn’t always so. Hyper specialisation may be fashionable at the moment, but is it the only answer or even the correct answer with technology evolving so rapidly in most disciplines? Will the social media specialists of three years […]

Education Endowment Foundation

The Education Endowment Foundation seems to be an interesting beast. At first glance, it looks like a really good thing, but I’ve learnt to approach such schemes with a degree of caution. Politics intrudes far too often in the world of education and you always need a healthy dose of scepticism. Still, any organisation that’s look […]

The Dunning-Kruger effect

The Dunning-Kruger cognitive bias suggests that if you have expertise or competence in a subject, you’re more likely to play down your capabilities than boast of your brilliance. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true. Low ability individuals massively over estimate their abilities in areas they know nothing about. We’ve all come up against this in real life, […]

Is a university education worth the time, effort and cost?

Its almost a heresy to question the value of a university education. It is only in recent years that we’ve measured the value of our time at university in terms of future earning power and only in very recent years, with the advent of tuition fees, that a sort of educational net present value calculation […]

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