The Mail is reporting that Carl Hendrick, head of learning and research at Wellington College, Berkshire, has attacked the ‘tidal wave of guff’ in classrooms…
These ‘missives in mediocrity’ often tell pupils to ‘live your dream’ and ‘you can do it’ and ‘be all that you can be’.
But the glossy notices are ‘often reductively misinterpreted as “you can achieve anything if you believe”’.
Mr Hendrick argues that schools should concentrate on boosting pupils’ confidence by teaching them well and providing ‘clear and achievable paths to academic success’.
Writing in a blog, he claimed that motivational posters ‘sit alongside a set of approaches that may well be doing more harm than good’.
But Vic Goddard, headmaster of Passmores Academy in Harlow, Essex, and star of Educating Essex, told the Times Educational Supplement he is a fan of the posters.
He has one outside his room saying: ‘I am not telling you it is going to be easy, but I am telling you it is going to be worth it…’
See the original blog post from @ at: The scourge of motivational posters and the problem with pop psychology in the classroom
The final line of Carl Hendrick’s original blog is “As my old English literature tutor Prof. Chris Baldick once quipped in a lecture “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus and pop psychology is from Uranus.”
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