Daily Archives: February 7, 2013

Notes from a 2005 lecture.


Philospphy and Educational Policy – by Anthony O’Hear.

Dewey was a pragmatist. He was a dyed in the wool democrat. He was anti-religious. He was part of the committee that investigated the slaying of Leon Trotsky.

Classrooms to be democracies in minature. Dewey was not concerned about contradictions.

Rousseau admired Ancient Rome.

1822-88 – Matthew Arnold. School inspector – felt German schools were superior.  Arnold opposed performance related pay.

Culture and Anarchy. Arnold said there were 3 classes in England. Barbarians – aristrocitrs. Etiqueett. great house, field sports, codes of manners  – unintelligent

PHILISTINES – middle classes. Hard work, philanthropy, narrow minded, mechanistic.

POPULUS – lower classes. Raw, half developed. hidden in squalor.


middle class is always done down by social commentators.

Englishman;s heaven born privilege of being what he likes. School derived from Greek skole – leisure.

[these notes are what I wrote at the time onthe paper].

m arnold did not want lower class to get an inferior education. Anrold wanmted best for al.

”rela thoyght and real beautry, nrea sweetness and real light” what he wanted for M Arnold.

Culture and Anrachy and the Death of Tragedy were wroitten int he same year,

The Death of Trageyd showed that Greek drama was not about hapiness but staring into the abyss of oajun and death and voercoming it.

Anrold – Hellenism too ehdoncitc/

Hebraism too moralitsict, stern, inhuman’They both need to be studied-  the combination is good.

1905 = the fUTURE of classicla music by Elgar,. Feklt tat good music schould be widely promited

furks snake kneeling on the ball. moved before.


no speaking out of trn. punctulaoty, politenss, attentiveness, handing in work on time. work of a hig standard, class particviaption, rbing right things to class. obedisnce, taking notes as instructed. showing initiative.

self respect. respect vieww are dosagress with with. Being repectiove to being taught. ”shareholders in colelctive responbaitlity.



learnt helplessness. udeal oupil teacher relatonshyop  is cordail respectufl, slightly distant. humourous, ductile. trsuting, cooperative authritncity, constancy.


problems with self meraning. I do not achive the folliwbg

disorgnasaiton. inpAXTIUNE. TOO CASUAL speak too fast.


Dreams this February


I had a dream a few nights ago which invloved me old mucker Bob Argent. I cannot recall more than that – shamefully really.

I have also dreamt of an obese goateed South African known as Nelly the Elephant.

I had an anxiety dream about a ship on the ocean. It was not as bad as a nightmare.

I have dreamt of a pleasant day on the beach.

Odd how I had a dream of dismissal and going to the rival organisation and then I was given the old heave ho. Nelephant talked to Katie the Muscovite about getting Geoff to give me a job. Not at my instigation. Nothing came of that.

I need to scribble down some remembrances of these reveries as soon as I rouse from my colourful slumbers. The dream vanishes in the light.