A Lack of Trust in Science — National Structural Issues Exposed by Covid-19 Series, Part 1

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed unsustainable ideas and practices, complete economic structures build on poor and ill-thought foundations. Across a short series of articles I’m going to examine these issues. Here is part one.

One of the first structural issues exposed by Covid-19 is a broad lack of trust in science. We’ve seen this over and over again in so many ways, first with climate change and now with the Covid-19 pandemic. At least it is something that scientists are widely aware of and much discussion has occurred on it, such as in this workshop proceedings from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

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Casualisation of the Workforce — National Structural Issues Exposed by Covid-19 Series, Part 2

Over my working life there have been massive changes in the workforce and its structure. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s there was plenty of work, salaries and salary increases were good and living costs were moderate. Jump forward to today and the picture is very different.

This article examines the move of many jobs to the so-called gig economy, how it has come about and what are the consequences.

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Higher Education Is in Trouble, And Should Be — Higher Education is Broken, Let’s Disrupt it and Build a Better Model of Adult Education Series, Part 1

This series of articles examines the deep and profound structural issues in post-secondary and adult education, examines the disruptive forces at work and works towards a new model of adult education that can truly work for all.

In part one I outline the broad issues at play and the signs that the crunch as arrived.

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Why Do We Torture All High School Students with Maths That Many Will Never Use?

Education administrators and governments seem to be totally detached from any understanding of the real world when it comes to designing curriculum. Nor do they seem to care how making students study something they are ill suited and unmotivated for will destroy self-confidence and create negative internal dialogue. It also wastes time that could be more productively spent. 

In this article I examine how we have ended up where we are, why it is a disaster and what can be done to fix it.

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Why Is China the Source of So Many Pandemics?

With the recent world catastrophe that is Covid-19 dominating people’s minds, it is timely to examine the central role China has played as the source of pandemics over time.

In this article I examine the history of pandemics originating in China, examine reasons why this might be the case and look at ways to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Movie billboard saying the world is temporarily closed

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Lack of Forward Planning — National Structural Issues Exposed by Covid-19 Series, Part 3

Governments are made up of people, and so a government can exhibit all the same ‘personality traits’ that people do. They can be self-absorbed, naturally defensive, forgetful, distracted, following the wrong path, overwhelmed or completely sociopathic. We’ve seen all of the above from governments during Covid-19. Like people, governments need to be encouraged, and sometimes forced, onto a path of introspection, analysis and then self-improvement.
This short series of articles examines the deep, long hidden structural issues that many countries have, that have been exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This part looks at the forward planning that should have been done, but of course wasn’t.

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Rising Student Numbers Have Harmed Universities -Higher Education is Broken Series, Part 2

This series of articles examines the deep and profound structural issues in post-secondary and adult education, examines the disruptive forces at work and works towards a new model of adult education that can truly work for all.
Here is part two. This article looks at how rising student numbers, in combination with the inherent structural problems of universities, has broken higher education

The data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics shows the percentage of 18–23 year old’s in higher education.

The Benefits of Having Diverse Friends and How to Learn from Them

I am blessed with having friends of all sorts, from so many countries, religions, ethnicities, experience and professions. There are values in such diversity that you may not expect.

Having diverse friends has massive benefits, many that are unexpected. In this article I examine those.

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The Privileging of Text Literacy in Education Must Stop and a Media-Agnostic Approach Embraced

Since the development of writing we have gradually privileged text literacy above other forms of communication. Even oratory, one of the pillars of Greek civilisation, has been subsumed in the march of text literacy above all else. In education we put so much emphasis on text literacy that children who have difficulty with text are labelled disabled and moved off into special education programs, suggesting that there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed. Aside from humanitarian principles, the march of technology has made this fixation on text untenable.

In this article we explore why text has been privileged and a case is made of why a more diverse and inclusive approach to media should be developed in education.

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Removing the Disability Label from Dyslexia, Asperger’s, Autism, ADHD and Other Cognitive Diversities

A child being unable to learn to read at the ‘normal’ rate is only an issue in a literate society. For the vast majority of human existence an inability to learn to read was not an issue at all. In fact if you go back, say 10,000 years, an ability to read would be abnormal.

This article looks at the issue of normality and disability. I put the case that the disability label comes from a faulty model of cognitive diversity. The disability label is damaging and gives the wrong impression. I present an arguement for change.

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