The Educated Guess

How to Challenge Invisible Biases and Make Better Education Choices

by Warwick Sharp

In the latest publication, “The Educated Guess,” Warwick Sharp delves into the intricate process of decision-making within the educational sector. Drawing from his extensive background, including a decade in education policy, experience as a teacher and governor, and visits to over 100 educational institutions, Sharp offers a unique perspective on this critical issue. The book addresses the often-overlooked impact of intuitive judgments in our busy, complex lives, highlighting how these snap decisions, influenced by biases and past experiences, play a pivotal role in shaping the future of education.

Sharp’s exploration is underpinned by a wealth of research and diverse expert opinions, aiming to uncover the common thinking biases that skew our decisions. “The Educated Guess” is more than just an analysis; it’s a call to action, urging readers to consider both immediate and long-term consequences of their choices in education. This insightful guide is an essential resource for navigating the myriad of decisions we face in one of society’s most crucial fields.

Warwick Sharp

Warwick Sharp has a decade of experience in education policy. Before that, Warwick taught in a secondary school and had responsibility for careers provision. He has been both a school and college governor, and has visited nurseries, schools, colleges and universities up and down the country. Warwick studied economics at Cambridge and has a masters in public policy management. He lives in London with his wife Anna (whose intuitions are always better than his!)
Warwick has always been fascinated by our intuition, and the fast and automatic judgements we all make. This book combines that with what Warwick considers to be the most important and transformational area of our lives: education. Warwick wrote this book because he sees it as an opportunity to explore and share some of the main biases in our thinking which come with being human, and how they apply to education. He hopes it is empowering and uplifting, directly useful for us all as we face big education choices, and a catalyst for further material in this important space.