Author Archives: ijstock

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.

Truth being spoken at last.

Originally posted on teaching personally:
At last, someone is talking about the elephant in the room. Teachers held at gunpoint for meaningless data What the writer underplays is the fact that some schools actively welcomed this approach, because it was…

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Faustus

Originally posted on teaching personally:
It may have been a mistake to start reading Geert Mak’s painfully detailed 1999 history of Europe while my head still suffers from excessive emotional reaction. But never has it been clearer why we need…

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School bullies

Originally posted on teaching personally:
News just in from an education ‘source’ elsewhere in the country described a situation whereby a member of non-teaching professional support staff was scapegoated, her life gratuitously made hell by senior managers until she eventually…

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A momentous day (to bury good news).

Originally posted on teaching personally:
I’ve now run two evening classes for a small group of local adults in my home, where we are covering the rudiments of Critical Thinking. The experience is doing me a lot of good: it…

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The Great Exception

Originally posted on teaching personally:
Just a reminder that my book The Great Exception – Why teaching is a profession like no other is still available here. A teacher-reviewer described it thus: This is a very thought provoking book. It…

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On educational totalitarianism – and teaching my first lesson for two years.

Originally posted on teaching personally:
In the Beginning, when the world was young, people set up organisations because there was work that was better done collaboratively. The army, for instance, was established in order to defend the nation. The greatest…

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She’s done it again!

Originally posted on teaching personally:
When Amanda Spielman was appointed as Chief Inspector of Schools at Ofsted, there were the predictable sniffy responses from the profession: what could a non-teacher know about the education profession? Well, it turns out that…

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