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TES talks to…Steve Biddulph

The renowned psychologist and parenting expert tells Kate Townshend that schools and parents need to sort out their differences so children can thrive

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A really horrible dynamic has grown up in schools, where parents treat education as a product, and their children’s learning as a commodity that they expect schools to deliver.”

As a teacher, you might well be cheering these words of wisdom from psychologist, parenting guru and Australian educational expert Steve Biddulph. But you may not like what comes next quite as much: he suggests that schools themselves have sometimes also been guilty of buying into this narrative.

“Schools defend themselves against this consumerist attitude by hitting back with increased homework, expectations and ...

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