The problem with Darwin, humans and education

Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay

There’s a problem with Darwin – at least in terms of the evolution of humans. (Spoiler alert: non-evolution-theorist speaking here. But hear me out.) The ‘survival of the fittest’ is the engine behind Darwin’s theory: the fittest survive and breed, while the non-fittest don’t and so don’t. But with humans, at least before Rona came along, the medical miracles of today ensure the non-fittest now ‘do’, and so ‘do’. This mucks up the evolutionary gene pool a little don’t you […]


Assessment Art

All of the problems start with the phrase: Teaching, Learning AND Assessment. Well, maybe not all, but a lot of them, certainly. There does seem to be a strong logic to the sentence – you teach, they learner, you check what they’ve leant – but that logic is as fundamentally flawed as it is widely accepted. I’ve been privileged to be able to ask hundreds of teachers to define assessment in order to check out my hypothesis, and almost every […]