Category Archives: education

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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American teachers learn how to shoot in a school situation

We continue training for three more days, eight to twelve hours a day. We will be taking the Ohio Peace Officer Training Assessment at the end of the course. It is the same test required for Ohio police officers, but … Continue reading

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Laptops, exercise books and textbooks

Exercise books and textbooks are obsolete. Both are quaint relics in an era of search engines such as Google. Teachers and schools may well feel that ditching exercise books and textbook is too revolutionary. There’s also the possibility that entrenched … Continue reading

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