Rumsfeld, Consistency and Behaviour Management

My latest Blog for the National Education Trust.


“There are known knowns. These are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. The ones we don’t know we don’t know.” Donald Rumsfeld (2002)

When Donald Rumsfeld uttered these immortal, if somewhat complex words in 2002 he probably didn’t envisage them being paraphrased in an article on the value of consistency and inconsistency in the management of challenging behaviour by pupils. It is fair to say that this article, for Donald, is definitely an unknown unknown. However, if we take his phraseology and apply it to consistency and inconsistency, then there are some interesting points to consider.

Consistently consistent – consistently inconsistent – inconsistently inconsistent

Managing pupils’ challenging behaviour is an area where having a well developed understanding of the way in which both you as…

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