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Emotional Intelligence

Deconstructing Emotional Intelligence According to many commercial providers of Emotional Intelligence tests (EQ), the main purpose of EQ evaluations is to serve as an alternative measurement to IQ tests as a better predictor of success in business. Paramount to the concept of EQ is the general quasi-inability to define it[1], claims EQ can be improved[2] […]

The Peddling of Emotional intelligence

Taken a course at a Faculty of Education lately? Chances are you’ve been sold on Emotional Intelligence. What you need to know is this quackery was devised some decades ago by one Daniel Goleman who, like many others, thought he could predict success in business through some magical new tool. EI is a business, nothing […]

I don’t believe in Dalton Sherman

Sorry, I don’t. Like many educators, I’ve been subjected to this rah-rah video one time too many. We all know this speech not written by Dalton himself, but it is patently obvious this was rehearsed and planned like any other performance. In fact, I suggest anyone else who is subjected to this video check out […]

“You’re all f&*cking wrong” – Albert Einstein

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Falsely attributed to Albert Einstein Fact is, Einstein never – ever – said anything remotely similar to this. Don’t believe me? Can you source the claim that […]

Advertising in Report Cards?

“Officials from the Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado, USA, have unanimously agreed to have advertisements shown on report cards due to steep budget cuts in education.” More here …

Schools of the Future… from the Past

Technology : Garbage IN – Garbage OUT

A wonderful piece from the New York Times on how technology is NOT improving education. “In this technology-centric classroom, students are bent over laptops, some blogging or building Facebook pages from the perspective of Shakespeare’s characters. One student compiles a song list from the Internet, picking a tune by the rapper Kanye West to express […]

Taking Sir Ken Robinson’s Talk to Task

If you’re in education, you’ve probably seen this very sophisticated video from The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts. With more than three million views, we’d be surprised if you hadn’t seen it. But here is it again in all its splendour. I believe this video is really a load of bunk, but we’ll […]