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Of one who went before

“He was a man, take him all in all. I shall not see his like again.” – Hamlet Mr Bremner was unusual for a teacher in a rural New Zealand school in the 1960s. He drove a French car, a … Continue reading

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Mastery and all that

Yea, from the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there – Hamlet Mastery is once again being debated. This is a good … Continue reading

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Not all who wander are lost

“O woe is me, to have seen what I have seen, to see what I see!” – Ophelia, Hamlet The journey home from Research Ed at Swindon in the November twilight slipped into night, the tail lights of the traffic … Continue reading

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Vested Interests?

“Madam, how like you this play?” “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” – Hamlet A popular tactic in arguments is to attack the person bearing a displeasing message. This ad hominem response works by slapping emotive labels on opponents in an … Continue reading

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Five reasons to be anonymous on the internet

‘Ay, sir, to be honest as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.’ – Hamlet People whose staple response is ad hominem get really frustrated. Which is why they attack anonymity – they are … Continue reading

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A question of rigour

“Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and godlike reason To fust in us unus’d.” – Hamlet There is a scene that recurs in action movies, usually towards the … Continue reading

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Alone Together

“. . . to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them.” – Hamlet It is the pleasure and the pain of teaching. You close the classroom door, survey the room, and remember that once again … Continue reading

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No stone unturned

Nor do we find him forward to be sounded, But, with a crafty madness, keeps aloof, When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state. – Hamlet Just because Reading Recovery has a track record of … Continue reading

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Passion

“. . . in the very torrent, tempest, and . . . whirlwind of passion, you must beget and acquire temperance . . .” – Hamlet The Conservatives’ plan to require re-sits of the KS2 SATs for those who ‘fail’ … Continue reading

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Holding to account – or holding back?

” . . . use every man according to his deserts and who should scape whipping? Use them after your own honour and dignity; the less they deserve, the more merit is in your bounty.” – Hamlet Much of what we … Continue reading

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