Professor Barend Vlaardingerbroek

Professor Barend Vlaardingerbroek

Micronationalism and democracy don’t mix

It strikes me as axiomatic that a fully-fledged democracy entails the application of democratic principles, based on equality before the law, at all levels of governance. It is this maxim, once infused into the public psyche, that underpins the spirit of democracy.


Professor Barend Vlaardingerbroek

Depriving teachers of their democratic rights as citizens

Professional people have a ‘public’ life as working professionals, and a ‘private’ life as ordinary citizens. This may occasionally lead to inner conflict. The nurse who does not believe in vaccination may find herself pumping vaccines into thousands of children as part of a mass vaccination campaign...


Professor Barend Vlaardingerbroek

Making schooling work for all (even those problem teenage boys)

School has always been, and is still, a means to an end. That end is the entry of emerging adults into the world of work – or rather, as is largely the case today, the transition to higher or further education leading on to a career track. Societies spend megabucks on schooling and have a right to expect a return, namely the production of young people with the cognitive skills and attitudes towards study and work that will turn them into productive citizens who will benefit society in return.