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THE WAY OF HAPPINESS 

The ancient philosophers always tried to live out their philosophy. Long before Jesus told the parable of the wise man who built his house upon the rock to illustrate the importance of acting on wise words, teachers were insisting on good ethical living as a key to...

WISE JUDGEMENT 

Before I went to university and then later trained to be a priest, I was conscripted into the Police Force in the early 1980’s in darkest Apartheid South Africa. I was forced to serve for four years and, for a time, I was seconded to the criminal courts where I...

CONNECTIONS

All of us in education are in the business of making connections. These repeated connections form a framework or network which takes on a vibrancy and vitality of its own. This occurs either in the brain as neural pathways that strengthen by repetition or between...

What’s the point?

Aristotle used the Greek word “telos” when discussing the purpose or aim of a particular activity. The telos of being at school is to be educated, the telos of being in business is making a profit. So a wise person would aim at the telos of her living and working....

Practical Wisdom

Practical Wisdom  In our schools, we tend to use two main tools to make the process of education run smoothly. The first is a set of rules that tells people what to do and what not to do, with people in place to monitor performance and ensure compliance. The second is...