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

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Insight – the Conditioning Moment of Maths

Teaching mathematics always had a dilemma, not huge, do you teach maths or do you teach for exams? I always favoured the latter because I was conscious that you could not teach students to be mathematicians, in my view they either were or not (growth mindset?). But the exams were sufficiently problematic that it was … Continue reading Insight – the Conditioning Moment of Maths

Changes in the Corporate Paradigm

The biggest change is that through Occupy this corporate paradigm has been labelled as the 1%. Occupy Wall Street had a big impact in the US even though it was only the tip of an iceberg amongst many global social movements. These movements started with Horizontalidad whose movement was perhaps most important in Argentina where … Continue reading Changes in the Corporate Paradigm

A right-wing case study – Opting Out

The purpose of this blog is to illustrate intended consequences of right-wing policies such as choice. This is the forerunner of the internet confusion symbolised by Trump. Back in the late 80s I was in a school where the issue of opting-out came up. The teachers were completely against opting-out across all unions, and I … Continue reading A right-wing case study – Opting Out

Phassa – The Conditioning Moment

On the mindfulness meditation page, I have described a thought process summarised as This is a limited version of a much more profound teaching paticcasamuppada discussed by Ajaan Buddhadasa on p10 of Idappaccayata – download here. Here are the detailed stages he uses in his discussion of dependent origination (paticcasamuppada):- “Then he realized that it … Continue reading Phassa – The Conditioning Moment

Mindful activism – A Fusion of Activisms

When I was active in politics I had as my underlying principle or mission the idea that I was working for political equality to enable wider spiritual involvement. By this I meant that people were unable to follow the spiritual path because they were wage-slaves. I still feel that. Throughout my life I have been … Continue reading Mindful activism – A Fusion of Activisms

Mindfulness – a Brianblog

30 seconds on mindfulness meditation:- Mindfulness meditation can help agitated minds including teenagers. Mindfulness is a tool and its usefulness is limited by the framework in which it is taught – helps corporations repress, helped the Buddha to enlightenment. Coercive teaching methodologies, even with the best of intentions, can add to mental agitation. A quiet … Continue reading Mindfulness – a Brianblog