The case of the geometric mean in Education

When students get marks for different components of assessment in courses at school or university, then the overall mark for their course is usually some kind of weighted arithmetic mean. In this short post I want to make the case that use of the weighted geometric mean would in many cases be much more useful. … Continue reading The case of the geometric mean in Education

Opinion #4: Counselling, tutoring, listening and why so many institutions fail at it.

Students and school pupils are going through a very tough time in these months of global pandemic and weeks of necessary street protest against racism, discrimination and (police) violence. Something that keeps coming up is the need to listen. Yet it seems to be the key quality at which we fail, even in schools and … Continue reading Opinion #4: Counselling, tutoring, listening and why so many institutions fail at it.

Opinion #3: The narrative of much that is written about education is false.

Utilitarian narratives about Education are so prevalent nowadays that we tend to take them entirely as given, or worse as evidence-based. Often we don't even recognise they are based on layers or assumptions that almost all fail when confronted with reality. So let me be polemic and argue what is false about so much that … Continue reading Opinion #3: The narrative of much that is written about education is false.

Opinion #2: There’s no strategy for strategic nuclear weapons

During the UK 2019 General Election campaign the UK's strategic nuclear weapons, the Trident system, has once again been conjured up as a kind of litmus-test for what makes a 'real leader': the willingness to deploy these weapons. The problem is that their deployment never makes sense and neither does their deterrence. Who is your … Continue reading Opinion #2: There’s no strategy for strategic nuclear weapons