Author Archives: Carl Hendrick

About Carl Hendrick

Head of Learning and Research at @WellingtonUK Completing PhD at King's College. English teacher. https://twitter.com/C_Hendrick

The Abilene Paradox: Why Schools Do Things Nobody Actually Wants

Originally posted on chronotope:
On an indecently hot day in Texas, professor Jerry B. Harvey was visiting his wife’s family when his father-in-law suggested they visit a new restaurant in the town of Abilene to which his wife exclaimed “sounds…

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Five Things I Wish I knew When I started Teaching

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1. Motivation doesn’t always lead to achievement, but achievement often leads to motivation. While there is a strong correlation between self perception and achievement and we tend to think of it in that order, the actual effect…

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Education is an end in itself not a preparation for the workplace

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It’s a well observed truth that because everyone has had an education, everyone feels well placed to comment on all aspects of education. Often that takes the form of “My experience of education was like this so all…

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Amused to Death: Why the Internet Should Be Kept Out of the Classroom

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Writing in 1985, Neil Postman made the interesting observation that of the first fifteen U.S. presidents, many of them could walk down the street without being physically recognised yet they would be instantly identifiable by things they…

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The Air Traffic Controller Paradox: Why Teaching Generic Skills Doesn’t Work — chronotope

Being an air traffic controller is hard. Really hard. The job entails having to remember vast amounts of fluid information often within a context of enormous pressure. Essentially the job is about ‘situational awareness’ which involves “the continuous extraction of … Continue reading

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“Limited men with limitless energy”: Why we should be wary of ‘passion’ — chronotope

In Philip Roth’s best novel American Pastoral, there’s a phrase that has always stayed with me and one I’ve since associated with a most unpleasant sort of person. Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov is the blonde haired, blue eyed protagonist of the … Continue reading

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Inspirational culture and the celebration of failure in education

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Speaking on the art of direction, Terry Gilliam said that the difference between Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick is that while Spielberg gives you comforting answers, they’re not very clever answers, whereas Kubrick gives you something…

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