Celebrating Self-Discipline in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ | Anthony Radice

This evening, I read a thread on Twitter which presented an interpretation of Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde which I fear is all too frequent. Utterson was seen as a repressed Victorian gentleman who would do well to admit honestly, as does his old friend Jekyll, that he has a darker side to his nature. According to this interpretation, we should see human nature as Jekyll does: ‘not truly one, but truly two’. In other words, we should be ready to give up hope of achieving any kind of integrity, any kind of self-discipline. Virtues such as temperance are to be scorned as mere hypocrisy….

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Celebrating Self-Discipline in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ | Anthony Radice

This evening, I read a thread on Twitter which presented an interpretation of Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde which I fear is all too frequent. Utterson was seen as a repressed Victorian gentleman who would do well to admit honestly, as does his old friend Jekyll, that he has a darker side to his nature. According to this interpretation, we should see human nature as Jekyll does: ‘not truly one, but truly two’. In other words, we should be ready to give up hope of achieving any kind of integrity, any kind of self-discipline. Virtues such as temperance are to be scorned as mere hypocrisy….

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Remembrance Day at Charter | Anthony Radice

Remembrance Day is one of those occasions when we are reminded of the public’s thirst for tradition and ceremony. The destruction of ceremony never has been a popular movement; it has always been imposed by a liberal elite. People find great satisfaction and great consolation in taking part in meaningful public ceremonies of a solemn nature. Sadly, there are few opportunities for them to do so, unless they happen to go to a major public school, where such things are preserved for the enjoyment of the economic and social elite.

But at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, we believe that everyone…

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Remembrance Day at Charter | Anthony Radice

Remembrance Day is one of those occasions when we are reminded of the public’s thirst for tradition and ceremony. The destruction of ceremony never has been a popular movement; it has always been imposed by a liberal elite. People find great satisfaction and great consolation in taking part in meaningful public ceremonies of a solemn nature. Sadly, there are few opportunities for them to do so, unless they happen to go to a major public school, where such things are preserved for the enjoyment of the economic and social elite.

But at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, we believe that everyone…

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Whole Class Feedback: A Winner All Round | Anthony Radice

Whole class feedback can be seen as a lazy option. Surely teachers are just avoiding the necessary work of giving individual feedback because they want to have more free time? But this view ignores the important point about opportunity cost, which must always be considered. Time spent on writing individual feedback in exercise books is time not spent on improving resources, or developing subject knowledge. Individualised feedback is enormously time-consuming and of doubtful benefit. In comparison, improving teaching materials will certainly benefit large numbers of pupils, and will continue…

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Whole Class Feedback: A Winner All Round | Anthony Radice

Whole class feedback can be seen as a lazy option. Surely teachers are just avoiding the necessary work of giving individual feedback because they want to have more free time? But this view ignores the important point about opportunity cost, which must always be considered. Time spent on writing individual feedback in exercise books is time not spent on improving resources, or developing subject knowledge. Individualised feedback is enormously time-consuming and of doubtful benefit. In comparison, improving teaching materials will certainly benefit large numbers of pupils, and will continue…

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The Joy of Good Manners | Anthony Radice

When I was in my teens and twenties, I despised manners. Why would you say words to other people without really feeling them?. Why would you go through routines, using fixed words, instead of expressing the spontaneous emotion of the moment?

In this, as in so much else, I was influenced by the degraded Romanticism which pervades our culture, in which emotion is raised above reason, and the individual will must be at the centre of everything.

It didn’t do me any good, of course. I missed out on many cheerful words and many ceremonies which would have enriched my life. I graduated from…

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