What are we waiting for?

When I was teaching in the UK, my life was scarred by waiting. When I felt miserable, I waited for the holidays, for the weekend, for the end of the day, or even break-time. When I felt hopeful, I waited for exam-results, progress, or social justice. Unfortunately, I am terribly impatient. I compare myself with… Continue reading What are we waiting for?

There is no single purpose to education – and that is something to be cherished

If we prioritise one purpose of education over another, then we lose sight of what is truly valuable about education. We will all be familiar with something like the following scene: a family is gathered round to celebrate a child’s 2nd birthday. The parents are excited about the fancy gift that they have bought, and… Continue reading There is no single purpose to education – and that is something to be cherished

Socrates and the Ofsted inspector

Ofsted inspector: So, Socrates, we’ve completed our inspection of your teaching, and as you know, we have introduced a new framework for our inspection procedure. We don’t wish schools to merely be exam factories, and so we have a new focus on ensuring that a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum is being taught, and I’m afraid that we… Continue reading Socrates and the Ofsted inspector