The Side Effects of Neo-liberalism

Experiment: Explain a few of the problems with current thought I recently saw this advertisement on Facebook for an event in Bristol. I have a little bit of trouble deciding if they are 100% serious or if it is supposed to be kind of funny. Maybe I just want to find a bit of humor in my…

Uncertainty Avoidance

Experiment: Follow the trail. There’s a really interesting collection of research comparing cultures on a set of dimensions. The idea is that it is not very informative to study a single culture. Instead, the intrigue comes from comparing the differences between cultures. I might be tempted to write about all of these in an education context…

An issue of measurement

Experiment: Have a little bit of fun and learn something too! This is my new favorite video: I laughed and I cried. It is seriously amusing and has some serious issues with measurement! My biggest complaint is the questions. Here is the list of questions that are asked during the video. Positive questions: Which one seems…

High Trust versus Low Trust Accountability

Experiment: Explaining the different experiences possible under a single, umbrella term. As I began writing the series on distortion (check them out starting here), I received a lot of response from teachers. Interestingly, it was not just about the Hattie research, but often how Hattie’s research was embedded into forms of accountability. Although I’m not directly researching the effects…

The allure of neo-liberal thinking

Experiment: Explaining the rational, thoughtful allure of neoliberalism. Neo-liberalism is not just a trend in government, it is a global cultural shift. Even though I would not consider myself a neo-liberal, it is still embedded into how I think about the world. And even though I think it is a destructive mentality, I can understand the appeal. Neo-liberalism…

A personal story

Experiment: Tell the story behind the story. So, long story short, my son has a school to go to now. In Nottingham, the system for schools allows parents to choose which school their child goes to. It is not a completely free market but generally, schools that are popular and in good, child-friendly neighborhoods fill up.…

Individuality versus Individualism in Feminism

  Experiment: Find the “bright line” between two public figures who agree. In the past few years, I’ve watched too many TED talks. Here are two that I highly recommend: Roxane Gay – Confessions of a Bad Feminist Sheryl Sandberg – Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders Gay’s talk really speaks to me and…