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Blog of the Week: 24th April 2020 – Curriculum metaphors: Journeys

Birmingham Teacher

Lakoff & Johnson in Metaphors We Live By (1980 and 2003), state that “Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature.” They argue that our conceptual system is not something we’re normally aware of, but that one way to find out about our conceptual system is by looking at language. I have irreverently had a look at elements of our conceptual system in education before. I was fascinated and frustrated by the seemingly all-pervasive medicalised language in teaching. What I found was funny and interesting – and very revealing. You can find the blog post here. It’s an old post but the pathologic language still lingers in education like a cold sore. Tom Rees, Executive Director of School Leadership, Ambition Institute, explores the linguistic concepts associated with transformational leadership. You can find his blog here. I am interested in…

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