The Leaders, The Hydra and Managerialism

“Princes should devolve on others those matters that entail responsibility, and reserve to themselves those that relate to grace and favour.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince It is useful to surround oneself with people to do thy bidding, especially if the bidding be somewhat awkward or controversial. Sometimes, jobs are awarded to staff for very … More The Leaders, The Hydra and Managerialism

When Things Go Mad: The Destructive Power of Ideas

Over a hundred years ago, the German poet Heine warned the French not to underestimate the power of ideas: philosophical concepts nurtured in the stillness of a professor’s study could destroy a civilisation.  Isaiah Berlin Yesterday I read a post by @teachertoolkit about a measure he employs in his school called ‘book look’. In his … More When Things Go Mad: The Destructive Power of Ideas

The Fear of God

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 An interesting piece in the TES Why teachers should embrace the idea of instilling fear in their students took me back to my school days in the sixties and seventies. The article states that: ‘Teachers no longer throw board … More The Fear of God

The Importance of a Joined Up Curriculum

I often use the following example to illustrate the need for curriculum coherence: a primary school that had no handwriting policy. In this school children went from their Polish reception teacher who introduced them to cursive writing, to an English NQT in year one, who didn’t think it mattered, to a Spanish year three teacher who thought it did … More The Importance of a Joined Up Curriculum

Educate for Freedom

Education discourse has become focused on the need to get children a good career with high earning potential and the creation of great character in a meritocratic society but education is for none of these things. A good education might create the possibility for some that these things might follow on but make them your aim … More Educate for Freedom