Category Archives: leadership

Equality is unfair

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality. Erich Fromm In my first post on Intelligent

The melody of education: what should we be accountable for?

Not every end is a goal. The end of a melody is not its goal; but nonetheless, if the melody had not reached its end, it would not have reached its goal.

What can education learn from aviation?

Certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we’re so fond of it. – George Eliot Flying is

Intelligent Accountability

The history of human growth is at the same time the history of every new idea heralding the approach of a brighter dawn, and the brighter dawn has always been considered illegal,

Why sacrificing chickens will not help us evaluate teachers’ performance

Intellectually, philosophically, morally, the argument over whether teachers’ performance should be evaluated by grading their teaching by means of a lesson observation has been won. Ofsted have accepted the crushing weight of

Should we learn to love our shackles?

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” Albert Camus There’s already been some pretty scathing reactions to the master plan to introduce a common curriculum and assessment system into UK schools

How do we know if a teacher’s any good?

A half-truth is more dangerous than a lie. Thomas Aquinas Obviously enough, not all teachers are equal. But how do we know which ones are any cop? Well, we just do, don’t we?

Two stars and a bloody wish!

A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them. Jean de La Bruyère We are held hostage by our superstitious belief

Trust, accountability and why we need them both

I’ve been thinking a lot about trust in recent months – particularly because it seems a commodity in such short supply. If, my optimistic thinking went, teachers were trusted to do a good

A few thoughts about character education

The idea that schools should be educating students’ character has been gathering momentum in recent years. But the once distant drums have become increasingly urgent; politicians and professors, hucksters and headteachers, all

The best case fallacy or, why we balls things up

OPTIMIST, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. A pessimist applied to God for relief. “Ah, you wish me to restore your hope and cheerfulness,” said God. “No,” replied

What to do about workload?

Work is not a curse, but drudgery is! Henry Ward Beecher To much fanfare in the press, the DfE has released the findings of its Workload Challenge survey. The idea is straightforward: