Notes of a Northern Liberal
Working theories on education, politics and much more.
Find out more about my background as a teacher and political campaigner.
A place where I try to keep track of any ‘grand ideas’ which I’ve collected from reading, events and conversations.
An incomplete directory of links to things I’ve found interesting and provocative.
Fundamentally I am interested in human potential, social progress and how change happens.
My latest blog posts…
I had never intended to write a trilogy of posts, however things fell into place and while there was a unifying thread it made sense to separate ideas into separate posts rather than produce one of my typically sprawling articles. In many ways, this trilogy draws together much of the reading, thinking and writing thatContinue reading “The Ignorance Trilogy”
In this third and final series of posts looking at how tackling ignorance should be a principal aim of schooling, I reflect on the actual process of learning. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. This proverb has been a perennial plague for teachers and schools. Exacerbated by anContinue reading “On learning (or getting the horse to drink)”
In this second in a series of three posts, I look at the concept of cultural capital. This follows my previous post on ignorance in which I argued that challenging ignorance should be a main aim of schooling. Offering cultural capital is a key strand of challenging ignorance and makes it essential that we getContinue reading “On cultural capital”