ActiveHistory replies to Gove's accusation of 'infantilisation'

Russel Tarr, , May 14, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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UK Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove is in the news twice in two days following this response to his Mr. Men speech in which he accuses history professor Russel Tarr if "infantilizing" history lessons by requiring students to participate in an activity whereby they render certain periods in history in the form of childrens' books. "It is anything but ‘infantilisation’ to get secondary school students (or indeed adults) of any age to produce an effective children’s storybook on a complex topic. The process of transforming a sophisticated historical phenomenon to its essential elements in a manner that much younger students will understand is no easy feat: it requires a sustained handling of analogy and metaphor. that is as challenging as it is stimulating and memorable." Quite so. See also, Richard Byrne, 5 Excellent Educational Activities Developed by @RusselTarr.

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