Response to David Didau’s post ‘What causes behaviour’

Unfortunately, I think that David Didau's last post contained a number of grave confusions. DD conflates the ‘nature vs nurture’ argument with the ‘free will vs determinism’ argument. The ‘nature vs nurture’ argument assumes the principle of sufficient reason – i.e. that everything has a cause/explanation. The question is whether nature or nurture is more… Continue reading Response to David Didau’s post ‘What causes behaviour’

A rough outline of how I teach Philosophy and Ethics

I could write for years about how I teach Philosophy and Ethics – I absolutely love it. Here I’ve just tried to cover the main ideas, so I’ve provided some background, the foundation series of lessons, the normal lesson structure, the essay structure, and a general overview of the curriculum. 1. Background I am fortunate… Continue reading A rough outline of how I teach Philosophy and Ethics

A dialogue concerning the following proposition: ‘All of our actions are based upon beliefs’ (in the context of ideology and education)

(Person A) Why do we feel tempted to say that 'all of our actions are based upon beliefs?' (Person B) Because we cannot be certain about anything? If we cannot be certain about anything, then presumably we must simply believe certain propositions to be true. But it only makes sense to talk about certainty when… Continue reading A dialogue concerning the following proposition: ‘All of our actions are based upon beliefs’ (in the context of ideology and education)

Concerning any debate on Corporal Punishment

This contains some material from an earlier post, but a. I thought it might be clearer here given the context, and b. given the sudden rise of this ridiculous issue, I thought it important to restate... 1.   This is a moral argument, and they can be slippery. The slipperiness of moral arguments is what makes the… Continue reading Concerning any debate on Corporal Punishment

Just a thought: the limits of thinking about thinking…

Whilst I was a university philosophy student, I had what one might call a ‘mental episode’. I won’t go into too much detail as to how this occurred, or what preceded it, but it is enough to say that the bottom fell out of my understanding of the world. Prior to this particular event, I… Continue reading Just a thought: the limits of thinking about thinking…

Concerning debates (especially on Edutwitter): Brute facts and ideology

1. To begin with, I would like to start with what might seem like a rather odd, but I would argue useful, definition of certainty. This will provide us with something of a foundation on which to build. I will define certainty as inconceivability of the opposite, as incredulity. Imagine that someone told you that… Continue reading Concerning debates (especially on Edutwitter): Brute facts and ideology

A nomological conception of knowledge

It could be unsettling for a teacher to be unsure of the nature of knowledge, yet questions relating to the concept appear frequently on Twitter. Here, using David Didau’s proposition: ‘Knowledge is what we think with and about’ as my starting point, I hope to provide some clarity on the issues and put forward a conception… Continue reading A nomological conception of knowledge

Some remarks on measurements and judgements in schools

The following are just notes... There are various purposes of measuring things in schools, but often, it comes down to holding people accountable- the teachers, the students. Another way of looking at it is to try to get people to be better, to improve, this presupposes that one knows what ‘improvement’ looks like. If we… Continue reading Some remarks on measurements and judgements in schools

Plaça de l’Arquebisbe

Plaça de l’Arquebisbe, containing nothing of particular historical note, is a quiet little square except for the odd handful of lost tourists. The Archbishop’s grand mansion standing at the southern end governs the movement of the shadows, reminding the well-to-do apartments that form the east and west sides of their place, and intimidating the grand… Continue reading Plaça de l’Arquebisbe