Leading literacy in schools | David Didau

Leading on literacy can be a thoroughly thankless task. It can often feel like you’re working incredibly hard to produce resources and strategies which colleagues at best ignore and at worst resent. The problem is often that we’re expending effort in the wrong place and trying to persuade teachers to do the wrong things. Frustratingly,

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Are IQ tests biased or meaningless? | David Didau

Since my last foray into the world of intelligence testing, I’ve done a lot of reading about the idea that a) IQ tests are culturally biased and b) that the entire concept of intelligence is culturally biased. I want to preface my conclusions by reiterating the following points: I do not believe we should ever

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Is gaslighting a thing, or am I going mad? | David Didau

In the 40s crime film, Gaslight, a murderous husband tries (and ultimately fails) to convince his wife she’s going mad by hiding various of her possessions and then accusing her of having done it herself. He isolates her from anyone who might be able to corroborate her version of events, saying that she’s not well

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Coming to terms with white privilege and structural racism | David Didau

I’ve just finished reading Reni Eddo-Logde’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, I I feel I need to update some of what I’ve recently written. Eddo-Lodge does an excellent job of articulating how ‘whiteness’ can – possibly should – be viewed as an ideological structure similar to patriarchy. She argues that being

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The Back to School Collection | David Didau

So, Monday morning looms and another term begins. For everyone stepping back into a classroom this week, chin up, don’t work too hard, and remember, it’s just a job. For those new to the profession – or simply looking for a bit of refresher – I wrote a series of back of school posts a

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What I stand for | David Didau

One of the great problems of philosophy, is the relationship between the realm of knowledge and the realm of values. Knowledge is what is; values are what ought to be. I would say that all traditional philosophies up to and including Marxism have tried to derive the ‘ought’ from the ‘is.’ My point of view

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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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