EJW goes private

I am an Education Justice Warrior (EJW). I spent my life battling for education, and, whilst it was in general part of a waste of time as the world is far less educated now than it was when I started, it was worth doing. As an EJW I put the children first, so I never … Continue reading EJW goes private

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Better than me

I met an erstwhile teacher colleague and we were discussing a student of his who was a bit of a mathematical genius – now comfortable amongst the elite of the elite in Cambridge. The colleague’s attitude was unassuming, that he could still guide the students whether they were better than him. I replied with an … Continue reading Better than me

McKinsey report

LINK Finding 1 If students are motivated they work hard and do better irrespective of personal background. Earth-shattering, I’d have never guessed that. How much money did it cost to say that? OK the report is couched in “mindset” parlance, but what teacher doesn’t know that? The report does not investigate the connection between personal … Continue reading McKinsey report

Growth Mindset Brianblog

Growth Mindset is one of a series of edufashions. Nothing new educationally except for mindset profiling. Appropriate mindset profiling in relation to the specific subject and institution might have some educational benefits. If applying growth mindset is producing good results, I would have to question what was happening before. Perseverance – if your institution is … Continue reading Growth Mindset Brianblog

First Reactions to Growth Mindset

My knee-jerk reaction to growth-mindset was that it was promoting cramming. Why did I have this reaction? Because as a teacher I became sick of teachers who applaud students for doing nothing. This culminated in my reaction to a pipsqueak careerist who stumbled into being the headmaster at my last school – he was 33, … Continue reading First Reactions to Growth Mindset