Phoney

teaching personally

In the early years of my career, I remember watching a man on the local station set a briefcase down on its side, open it up, take a full-sized handset out and make a phone call. I thought it was so cool. It’s a shock to realise that in those days, the briefcase was the phone; thus far have we come.

It goes without saying that mobiles have revolutionised life in many ways, but from an educational perspective I increasingly fear that they are going to prove a most destructive force. Equally, I suppose there is little point in railing against them because the chances of anyone listening are precisely nil. I do own a 3G phone, but most of the time is it switched off. Its use comes in emergencies, for occasional navigation in unfamiliar places, and as mobile wi-fi when staying in our parental homes, which remain…

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About ijstock

I offer short courses in the basics of Critical Thinking to small groups. I am a former teacher with 30 years' experience. I taught CT to 'A' Level for a significant period.
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