The Dangers of Causal Theorising for Teachers

In this post, I will argue that causal theorising about the behaviour of children only adds to the confusion. Instead, I propose a responsive scenario-planning approach. 1.      The fallacy of Molière’s doctor In his excellent, but relatively little-known book, the Danger of Words, M. O’C Drury[1] describes a number of fallacies that dog the world… Continue reading The Dangers of Causal Theorising for Teachers

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Playing the hand well: on the possibility of evidence-based education

In Annie Duke’s new book, Thinking in Bets she describes how, when she and other hugely successful poker players get together, they frequently discuss the hands that they have played and the decisions that they have made during those hands. They don’t, however, discuss the outcomes of those hands. This is not because they are… Continue reading Playing the hand well: on the possibility of evidence-based education

Jordan Peterson: a misguided desire for certainty in a postmodern world

Jordan Peterson, the controversial Canadian psychologist, has recently been making a splash in the UK promoting his new book, '12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos'. Peterson’s brand is forthrightly anti-postmodern. For him, the postmodern deconstruction of the grand narratives of history has resulted in a kind of spiritual malaise for many, specifically young… Continue reading Jordan Peterson: a misguided desire for certainty in a postmodern world