The Cynical Educator


  • Ansgar Allen University of Sheffield


Cynicism, Educational alternatives, progressive education, alternative education, difference, educational theory, educational philosophy, home education, education policy


We all have our cynical moments. Cynicism is commonly exhibited in the workplace refrain that you are just playing the game. Most educators would admit they sometimes play along to a tune that is not their own. My claim, however, is more fundamental. Cynicism is far more diffuse than we realise. It occurs where we least expect it.

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Refusing to take itself or anything else in earnest, contemporary cynicism cannot be attacked by conventional means. Diffuse and insubstantial, it runs circles around sincere discussion...



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