David Barnett

British Council
Madrid (Mad), Spain, Spain

About David

Languages

English, French, Spanish

An idea worth spreading

Primum non nocere - First and foremost, do no harm.

I'm passionate about

Good ideas. Photography. Books. Scrabble.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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David Barnett
Posted almost 2 years ago
Company no-couples policy: Who should quit?
What sort of company has a no couples policy? It doesn't sound like one I would want to work for. That said, I would sit down with my spouse and come to a joint decisión if our relationship was already public knowledge.
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David Barnett
Posted almost 2 years ago
How do we expose our educators to new ways of learning?
Teachers are under constant pressure. They're under pressure from students, students' parents, their bosses and sometimes colleagues. They are one of the few professions which are subject to constant inspections and reforms. Boards of so-called experts (none from the teaching profession) change on an almost annual basis objectives, evaluation processes, and the structure of the teaching system, mostly to save money, using whatever reasoning they can...and teachers just have to put up with it...and they have to put up with it because they are paid a pitiful wage, despite receiving the same education as engineers and architects and doctors, and they are told, quite simply as you say, that if they don't meet the new objectives then they are fired, or have their wages lowered. What other profession has to put up with that? Why is it that teachers more than any other profession seek professional psychological help? Why? Give teachers time, space, respect and a decent wage and see what they can do.
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David Barnett
Posted almost 2 years ago
How do we expose our educators to new ways of learning?
The best restaurant in the world 2 years running, El Bulli, became so becuase they closed down for 6 months of the year to experiment. Recently, they announced a closure of 2 years in order to do more experimentation. The education system could benefit from the same procedure...but public and private education alike are loathe to allowing teachers "free" time for the learning of new teaching skills and methods. Every minute a teacher has is filled with teaching, dreary administrative tasks and ridiculous showing off to parent end-of-term shows....as well as endless preparation and marking when at home. They need to be given the time to share ideas, go to conferences and experiment. People complain about teachers teaching the same thing year after year in the same way, but quite frankly they don't have the time or energy to do anything else, however much they would like to.
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David Barnett
Posted about 2 years ago
Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue
What's scientific about sentence transformations? It would have been nice to see some statistics...statistics per country...perperators by gender...domestic abuse vs violent crime statistics per country to see if there's a correlation between ordinary violent crime and gender crime...some insight as to why very pro-active sexual equality countries like Sweden and Finland have some of the highest gender violence stats in Europe, contrasted with traditional, patriarcal countries like Japan with much lower gender violence stats, with an explanation.
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David Barnett
Posted about 2 years ago
Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue
One of the latest child abuse cases in Spain was reported thus..."...a child was abused by its mother for a prolonged period...it is not known whether the woman was suffering from depression or mental illness. The pólice are investigating her partner to discover whether she was coerced into the abuse." I was shocked at the report. Were it the other way around, excuses of depression, mental illness or coerción by a woman would NEVER be mentioned or even contemplated. As for your point, when people say "What did she do to deserve that?" they do not mean that she deserved it or that it was justifiably provoked in some way. It means, My God, that's so terrible, I can't imagine anything that would provoke anybody inrto doing something that bad.