I learnt a new word today – hubris.

With our pupils being force fed a diet of words with little or no meaning and relevance in their everyday lives, it made me think about the circumstances surrounding how we learn. I was reading the editorial in this week’s TES and came across a sentence about ‘the government’s own hubris proving to be its own undoing’. Hubris. There’s a word I hadn’t come across before. At this point some of you will be thinking ‘no, me neither’ while others will be christening me a ‘stupid spoon head!’ I was interested in what I was reading so felt the need to find out what the mystery word meant. The gap this word left in the meaning of the passage was one that I minded enough about to find out what it meant. New vocabulary on a need to know basis, in other words. Now, some of you will be dying to know what hubris means by this point. 

It means arrogance, pride, conceit. You get the gist. Placing the word back in the sentence, I was able to inwardly agree with what I was reading, connect more with the writer and then felt fuelled to share the article with a fellow teacher! 

That’s real learning.

By the way, my iPhone didn’t recognise the word hubris in predictive text and insists on changing it to rubrics!!! Grrr! 

To finish, in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced ‘hoo-briss’.