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.

Stand Back!

Originally posted on teaching personally:
I am a heartless ***. I must be, because I never cried or lost sleep over pupils’ exam results on their own account (although I did when some less-than-spectacular ones were weaponised professionally against me).…

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Why I think the education system is to blame for our pathetic politicians.

Originally posted on teaching personally:
It seems to be a rare point of national consensus that our politicians are failing us, even if we disagree on how. It might seem very unfair to criticise people who put themselves forward for…

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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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