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Category archive: Russia

Monday June 23 2008

Here is further illustration of something I have always believed, that David Beckham is a smart guy.  Martin Samuel writes in The Times:

David Beckham, asked by The Times to sum up the strength of Fabio Capello, the England manager, came up with the perfect, pithy phrase. “He makes you sit up straight in class,” he said. For tutors, however, instilling discipline is only half of it. The pupils must wish to learn as well.

Education is a partnership. First, the teacher must be motivated to do the job properly. Sven-Göran Eriksson became lazy as head coach and England stagnated as a result. Steve McClaren wanted to coach new ideas, but lacked the authority to make his players listen. Neither of these flaws will affect Capello’s regime; but it is the second part of the equation that is the key. The teachers must teach, but the pupils must listen; and this is where English football has fallen down.

So there.

I have been busy elsewhere, also concerning sport, so that’s your lot here for today.

Thursday April 24 2008

At English Russia, there are some delightful pictures of a fishing lesson:

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Who says parents can’t teach?

Wednesday March 12 2008

Pictures from a Russian Police School.  This one is the most school-like:

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I’m not saying this is a good school, mind.  Just: a school.

Wednesday February 13 2008

Incoming:

Hello,

I have been reading your blog (along with the hilarious fat man on a keyboard blog) which were pointed out to me by a friend. As yours is a libertarian inclined blog for teachers and learners I wondered if you would be interested in linking to the AHEd wiki, action for home education: http://ahed.pbwiki.com/?

Barbara Stark.

There you go.

Lots of food for thought here.  My favourite (so to speak) snippet so far, which I encountered here, is this, from Joseph Stalin:

“Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don’t allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas?”

What a charmer.

AHEd Aims here.

Friday February 08 2008

English Russia asks:

Are you ready to make an immersion into the glorious life of Soviet Russia? If yes scroll down, this one today differs from other retrospective series we had before by the manner of compilation - it’s not a one collection but is assorted mix came from different sources. Each photo is an individual shot from the fate of some random human who lived in Russia at that times, sometimes those moments were sad, sometimes joyful and photos share this mood with us now: ...

Many of the photos have an educational angle to them, my favourite of these being this one:

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Now that the West no longer abounds with fools who conclude from the fact that the USSR contained nice moments that it contained no nasty ones and that we should all surrender to it, we can enjoy nice ones like these.

Re all those squiggles on the pavement, it looks as if I may in due course become something of a maths teacher.  Not because I am especially good at this, but because maths teachers seem to be needed in my bit of the educationosphere.  But, as I often say here, I promise nothing.

Although, come to think of it, I’m not sure that the squiggles are maths, or at any rate only maths.  They could be physics, or rocket science, or earthquake-ology.  Or, to me, pretty much anything.