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Hidden Variables 5: Obliquity

The ultimate goal of a Jesuit education might be put in today’s language as helping people to find God – or at least be open to a transcendent, value-laden dimension to reality – and become their best, most generous selves, … Continue reading

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Religion and Altruism (Guardian Friday 6th November)

An interesting report published in Current Biology 25 (Decety et al., The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World http://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822%2815%2901167-7.pdf) suggests that there is a negative association between religiousness (of household) and children’s altruism across the world.   … Continue reading

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Hidden Variables: Part III

What does data mean?  Well the rules have changed. OFSTED does not expect a standard method of reporting on pupil progress in all schools and the infamous key stage levels have been replaced with… well, for many schools, the old … Continue reading

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Being Good in a Big Bank

This continues yours truly’s efforts to think aloud about the connections between economics and ethics – and ultimately the connection or common ground with the ‘common good’ language of Church documents like Laudato Si’.   Apologies if I at times painfully … Continue reading

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Making Connections

Laudato Si’ is a deeply challenging document. Who would listen to a call to live our economic lives differently and why would they do so? We may find that when we break its message down there might actually be different … Continue reading

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Revisiting Mr Smith

I want to go back to trying to find some sense of the connections between economic theory and western ethics (both Christian and trans-Christian flavours).   As a young adult during the reigns of Lady T and Mr Reagan I found … Continue reading

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Hidden Variables 2: The Chinese School

I have to confess that I only caught the last of the three programmes. There was enough there, however, to hint at some important hidden variables: those elements in education that are ignored or underplayed in the current regime for … Continue reading

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