Gordon Cairns

When emotion trumps truth, teachers have failed

Could Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump be traced back to people's experiences in the classroom?

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word of 2016 was “post-truth”, an adjective defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.

Its popularity has obviously been created by the two political shocks of our era, first Brexit, then Trump, now (un)safely ensconced in office. This causes me to consider what responsibility teachers might take for these two quite illogical decisions: one predicted to cost this country’s taxpayers billions of pounds, the other putting a ...

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