Initially there were no monkeys. Just a proverb which focused on being good of mind, speech and of action. The monkeys themselves originated in Japan on a play on words of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The pronunciation of the words was the same as the names of three monkeys. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.
However the Western world has misinterpreted the meaning of the wise monkeys, seeing it as a metaphor for turning a blind eye and not taking responsibility. Perhaps this is what has happened in education as well with regards to research?
With so much happening in and around education at the moment, I think many of us feel like Iwazaru, unable to talk about our own practice within…
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