The ideal parenting, and indeed the ideal relational stance generally, is – reasonably consistent boundaries maintained with love. With children this is relatively simple. We insist on our version of what the boundaries are whilst maintaining a loving attitude, even in the face of rebellion of what ever sort. This does not mean that a… Read More
I recently watched a BBC4 Storyville documentary by Carne Ross called “The Accidental Anarchist: Life without Government” (23/07/17). I’m very grateful, the film “blew my mind” as the saying goes. It blew open the doors to seeing that maybe globally we are on the verge of a transition from old fashioned ‘hierarchical democracy’ with its… Read More
There was a lovely article today (9th Jan 17) in the Guardian arguing for philosophy to be taught in schools. It is from the point of view of enabling and teaching the young to think in preparation for a working life that will increasingly need flexibility, due to many factors including the computerisation of so… Read More
Just read about a pupil who hanged himself in his School grounds. Such pain!
Having had yet another conversation with teachers about the state of education, schools and teaching in this country, I thought I’d try and clarify my thinking around the issues.