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Parenting – THE most important job ever!

What do you say when someone asks what your job is? Most of us immediately think of the job we get paid for. After my last blog, about what happens when parenting goes badly wrong and children end up doing terrible things, I started to think about parenting as an actual job. It’s not often…

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Education and Parenting: What happens when it goes wrong?

I am sickened by the News (7.1.21): gripped by shock. A child has been murdered by three other children. Yes – children! When a thirteen year old boy (Olly Stephens) has been stabbed by others around his own age, it should make us all DO something. But what? What has gone wrong to make three…

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Teaching, learning and expectation

My last blog discussed why teaching needs to be a caring profession and outlined how I began – teaching maths to secondary school kids in bottom sets. So my question (that I have never considered until now) is: why was it assumed (by that Head) that a least experienced teacher could work successfully with pupils…

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Teaching: a Caring Profession

As a retired teacher I want to extol the virtues of my profession. There has been much hype in the media about the role of teachers – and the difficulties of keeping children in school safely during this pandemic. This week I have been so heartened by a message sent by my granddaughter’s (Year 9)…

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Capitalism: market or moral?

Last week I had a rant about Amazon and its attempts to control markets. This week I want to say a bit more about capitalism as an ideology. Capitalism is not all bad. In fact, an article in the Times (Matthew Syed, 6.12.20) argues that capitalism has civilised humanity – rather than corrupted it. Syed…

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