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12 rules for schools: Rule 7 Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)

This is part of a series of posts adapting Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules of Life to the context of eduction. You can find my thoughts on the rest of his rules here.  Doing what’s easy

12 rules for schools: Rule 6 Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world

This is the sixth installment in a series of posts adapting Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules of Life to the context of eduction. You can read the rest of posts in this series here. 

“Anyone who disagrees with me is a neoliberal racist!”

I’ve spent much of last year or so feeling baffled at the unpleasant depths to which debate in education has sunk. The approach to which I’ve always tried to aspire is to

What every teacher needs to know about teaching for social justice

The marvellous Teach Secondary magazine continue to publish my articles on a regular basis but don’t hold that against them; there are loads of other excellent reasons for reading. Here’s a link

12 Rules for Schools – Rule 5 Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them

Welcome to the fifth installment in a series of posts adapting Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules of Life to the context of eduction. All the posts in this series are collected here. This is not

12 Rules for schools – Rule 4 Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today

This is the fourth in a series of posts adapting Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life to the context of eduction. All the posts in this series are collected here. This is not intended as

12 Rules for schools – Rule 3 Make friends with people who want the best for you

This is the third in a series of posts adapting Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life to the context of eduction. I’m linking all the posts in this series here. This is not intended as

Good intentions are not good enough

I genuinely believe that everyone involved in education is well-intentioned. If making money was the prime motivation I’m sure we could find other, more profitable areas to operate in. Like international arms

12 rules for schools – Rule 2 Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping

This is the second in a series of posts adapting Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life to the context of eduction. You can find my thoughts on Rule 1 here. Please note, Peterson talks

12 Rules for schools – Rule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back

I’ve just finished the Canadian academic and controversialist, Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules of Life: An antidote to chaos and my over-riding impression is that it’s an important, erudite and thoughtful addition to

Can we develop a ‘love of learning’?

The scholar and the world! The endless strife, The discord in the harmonies of life! The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books; The market-place, the eager love of gain, Whose aim is vanity, and whose end is pain! Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus Why are some people healthier than others? This might sound like a bit of silly question. The answer is surely obvious: some people

Teaching to make children cleverer: Part 1

I’ve argued previously that the aim of education ought to be to make children cleverer. If I’m right, then not only is it desirable, it’s also possible to achieve this end. But