Irena Barker

How to guard against being manipulated

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Ever get the feeling you’re being manoeuvred into doing something against your will? Whether it’s a Machiavellian member of staff or a crafty student, teachers need to guard against those who might try to exert undue influence, writes Irena Barker

How to guard against being manipulated

All of us have been manipulated and have manipulated others. It’s human nature to seek advantage and to use that advantage to get someone to do what you want them to do, whether they want to do it or not.

But “manipulative” is almost always used as a derogatory term. And being exposed as a manipulator can render you a social pariah.

So, should the teaching profession model an avoidance of manipulative behaviour?

Replay the past few months in your mind and, at a macro level, you will recognise that there has certainly been a degree of manipulation by the government to get teachers to ...

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