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Santa’s Post-Christmas Performance Appraisal

Hi Nick. Take a seat. Thanks for coming. How’s the family? Reindeers doing well? I heard Rudolph was nursing a cold. Hope he’s okay. Now, look the reason we’re meeting today is to review this year’s performance and is part of the new performance appraisal system we have set up. All staff, the elves included, […]

Management, Research & Masquerades

“But what if effectiveness is part of a masquerade of social control rather than a reality? What if effectiveness were a quality widely imputed to managers and bureaucrats both by themselves and others, but in fact a quality which rarely exists apart from this imputation? The word that I shall borrow to name this alleged […]

Ball Bearings & The Scientific Selection of Workers

In most cases (particularly when the work to be done is intricate in its nature) the “development of the science” is the most important of the four great elements of the new management. There are instances, however, in which the “scientific selection of the workman” counts for more than anything else. A case of this […]

Charismatic Qualities & Their Regeneration

“Once charismatic qualification has become an impersonal quality, which can be transmitted through various and at first purely magic means, it has begun its transformation from a personal gift that can be tested and proven but not transmitted and acquired, into a capacity that, in principle, can be taught and learned. Thus charismatic qualification can […]

Teach Like A Showman

A good showman is a person that has a sense or knack for an effective presentation of an animal. Showmanship is the one area of exhibiting beef cattle over which you have the most control. In showmanship, you are judged on your abilities to control and present your steer or heifer to bring out its […]

‘Every one is forward to complain of the prejudices that mislead other men or parties, as if he were free, and had none of his own.’

“This being objected on all sides, it is agreed that it is a fault and an hindrance to knowledge. What now is the cure? No other but this, that every man should let alone others prejudices and examine his own. No body is convinced of his by the accusation of another; he recriminates by the […]

“Stick close to your desks and never go to sea / … you all may be rulers of the Queen’s Navee”

Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore Sir Joseph Porter, KCB: When I was a lad I served a term As office boy to an Attorney’s firm. I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor, And I polished up the handle of the big front door. Chorus: He polished up the handle of the big front […]

Teacher Burn-Out & Ascetic Altruism

“The problem is well-documented, and there are no doubt many factors which make teaching a difficult activity to sustain for long.” “But it does often turn out that it is precisely the teachers we respect the most, those whose selfless dedication to making something happen for other people is an inspiration, who burn out the […]

Domains Of Disappointment For Contemporary Teachers

“It is my sincere belief that new teachers who are aware of the organizational and societal contexts in which they must work and who understand the nature of their clients are better able to withstand the induction period of teaching and eventually participate in the reconceptualization of the profession.” Daniel L. Duke. Teaching: The Imperiled […]

On Why ‘The Schools We Need’ Have Never Been Progressive

“Opening with the foreboding words, “Failed Theories, Famished Minds,” Hirsch explains, “What chiefly prompts the writing of this book is our national slowness . . . to cast aside [the] faulty theories that have led to the total absence of a coherent, knowledge-based curriculum, but are nonetheless presented . . . as remedies for the […]

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