On being called a racist | David Didau

On being called a racist | David Didau

At the time of writing, there’s a group of people on Twitter calling me a racist for writing this blog post. This feels pretty awful. The violence of such a term is hard to quantify, but it’s left me feeling shaky and anxious. Some of the comments are so hateful that reading them feels a

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Differences and similarities   | David Didau

Differences and similarities   | David Didau

To deny that people differ from each other is patently ridiculous. We are all unique and our uniqueness is endlessly fascinating. Our physical differences are readily apparent; some of us are taller, heavier, stronger, paler, hairier and more appealing to look upon than others. No one denies these differences; to do so would be to

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Two fallacies to avoid | David Didau

Two fallacies to avoid | David Didau

Avoiding logical fallacies can be tricky and, as responses to some of my recent posts has made clear, anyone who spends time debating evolutionary psychology, behaviour genetics or science in general will find themselves having to hack through thick swathes of them in their attempts to get a little closer to truth. Two particularly prevalent

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Do schools matter less than we think? | David Didau

Do schools matter less than we think? | David Didau

Disturbingly for all of us involved in education, it seems as if schools and teaching may matter a lot less than we would like to believe. Before setting out the arguments I want to make it clear that this is a struggle for me and I really don’t want it to be true. That said,

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What’s the point of parenting? | David Didau

What’s the point of parenting? | David Didau

As an aside in a recent blog, I made the statement that, “shared environmental effects like parenting have no effect on adult’s behaviour, characteristics, values or beliefs.” This excited quite a bit of handbag clutching so I’ve decided to delve a little more deeply into the evidence supporting this contentious claim. It is, I hope,

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What causes behaviour? | David Didau

What causes behaviour? | David Didau

The age-old debate as to what causes human behaviour – nature vs nurture – shows little sign of running out of steam, despite having been emphatically resolved as far as science is concerned.  Although all knowledge is contingent and no scientist worthy of the name would ever say there are no facts established completely beyond

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Getting culture right Part 1: Normative messages | David Didau

Getting culture right Part 1: Normative messages | David Didau

If you want to change anything within a school, culture is crucial. As Tom Bennet argues in Creating a Culture: How school leaders can optimise behaviour, culture is “the way we do things round here”. His advice to school leaders is to purposely design the culture you want in your school and then work hard to

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