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March 30, 2003
Highly Effective Blogging?

I've always liked success books. That was what got me into career counselling. A friend said: "So how does all that stuff apply to me?", and off I went. If I ever manage to wangle my way into the kind of teaching life that I now want, having read all these books will then also be revealed as having made me a better teacher.

One of the more admired of these books is Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and blogger Mike Saunders has made the ideas in this book the basis of a number of posts about how to be a Highly Effective Blogger. Because let's face it, most of the people who read this are bloggers or blog readers, not Education Ministers. They may also be teachers, or concerned parents, but blogging is what we most of us here, now, have in common. So I'm going to read Mike's stuff on all this, starting here.

I've started. It's good, and I will continue.

Just to say now, I think that ideas like those of Covey apply just as strongly to quite small children as they do to adults. It's never too soon to start learning to be Highly Effective.

My thanks to Instapundit for the connection.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 12:58 PM
Category: Blogging

Liked your item on samizdata, Brian, and your weblog here even more!

I'm afraid, that since I'm still a confused HTML serf, I haven't worked out how to build in the code for comment-posting on my own diary.

But does my suggestion of deliberately creating a model, private-sector 'sink' school (for no better reason than to prove a point) have any interesting parallels? It must have been explored already....

Comment by: mark on March 30, 2003 01:52 PM

Thanks Mark

I'm clinging to the cliff by my fingernails when it comes to technical stuff, as techy readers of this have long known. Good luck is all I can say about such stuff, and I WILL sort out some proper links REAL SOON NOW.

Your sink school notion sounds very like what I hear from all sorts of places, including Natalie (at her blog and at Samizdata). A case of great minds thinking alike.

Problem though: how do you pay for it? The effort required to look after people like "Troy", the badly behaved boy we've been talking about, is huge, and the benefits of doing it well are most definitely not concentrated only on the parents. State money is around for this kind of thing. Charity is logical. Parental contribution ditto. But difficult. Still, first things first. Get Troy out of regular classrooms.

Thanks for the comment.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on March 30, 2003 02:56 PM

Absolutely agree - very hard to pay for. Purely a symbolic gesture funded by philanthropist with flair.

One such sink school with 3 or 400 pupils somewhere like Manchester would amply prove the point - while, as you warn, costing some wonderful eccentric billionaire a bomb!

Comment by: mark on March 30, 2003 03:20 PM
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