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Why practising inference doesn’t work

In my last post I argued that thinking about English as a ‘skills based’ subject is counter-productive. One response to this was to say, “Hang on, what about practice. If you can

Why English is not a ‘skills based’ subject

The idea that English is a skills based subject has become axiomatic. Most English teachers of my acquaintance accept it unquestioningly, as did I until a few years ago. How do we

The death of my father

Yesterday my father died in his flat. He was a difficult man, and our relationship had been strained for years. He could be capable of great warmth, wit and wisdom, but he

The Case Against Education

I’ve been reading the economist Bryan Caplan’s new book, The Case Against Education with great interest. His is very much a contrarian point of view: that most of the time and effort

12 rules for schools: Rule 8 Tell the truth – or, at least don’t lie

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.  The Truth is

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