Reblog of the week:Tramadol nights

I chose Tramadol Night by Distant Ramblings on the Horizon as the ‘Reblog of the week’!

I really admire the personal anecdote and how the story appropriately supports his argument for a balance between evidence/protocol and individual/personalised learning.


Distant Ramblings on the Horizon

Its been a couple of weeks (and many answering blogposts) since Dr Ben Goldacre launched his paper on research in education, specifically discussing some of the benefits of using Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) and generally suggesting that evidence is a good thing. Nothing in this post should be construed as suggesting that any part of Dr Goldacres paper is unwelcome, or that I do not agree with it completely. What I have written below is not a “but“, it is an “and”.

He gave a little bit of the history, noting that the medical profession had not always had evidence at the heart of its practice. Indeed, initially many doctors fought against this approach “as a challenge to their authority.” Evidence, he suggests, supports professional independence rather than undermining it.

For me, the key paragraph in the report was the final one:

Now we recognise that being…

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