Category Archives: education

Bruce M.

I wouldn’t call Bruce a friend, more an acquaintance that are so important to one’s life. He was important in the long past. He was a very noticeable youngish man, I’m guessing in his early to mid-thirties. He was very … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein as a (failed) teacher

For our own part, we struck Wittgenstein as intolerably stupid.1 He would denounce us to our faces as unteachable, and at times he despaired of getting us to recognize what sort of point he was trying to get across to … Continue reading

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The professor and the young female student

A student comes to a young professor’s office hours. She glances down the hall, closes his door and kneels pleadingly. “I would do anything to pass this exam.” She leans closer to him, flips back her hair, gazes meaningfully into … Continue reading

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The meaning of prejudice

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” J K Galbraith, economist and all round genius Chris

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Corporal Punishment at Sir Philip Magnus School, 1950s

Unfortunately, all schools throughout my childhood indulged in barbaric acts of sadistic punishment attempting to intimidate.  I’ve been subjected to some of these acts and I’ve witnessed all of them. At various times as a young boy, I was accused … Continue reading

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Books! Do you remember them?

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I don’t want to go to school

“I don’t want to go to school today mum.” “Well you’ve got to. And that’s that.” “The boys hate me and the teachers hate me. And I don’t want to go.” “Well you have to. And that’s that.” “But why?” … Continue reading

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