Pupils are said to be: “more anxious than ever because of a regime of constant tests and exams” and in response to this Nicky Morgan has decided to… Introduce English ‘Rugby Players into schools to build backbone into pupils who are misbehaving and disaffected…’ reports the Sunday Times All I can say is ‘Rugger Off’ with your stupid character … More Character Ruck
“I am here; and here is nowhere in particular.” Golding If there’s something perceived to be wrong or unfair let’s shake a day, a week or a month at it. The Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall praised a primary school for holding an ‘aspirations week’. She said that the week would: “teach girls and boys, … More White Working Class Boys’ Day
“Discrimination: The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex: victims of racial discrimination; Recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another: discrimination between right and wrong; The ability to judge what is of high quality; good judgement or taste: those who could afford to buy … More Discrimination, Assessment and the Making of the Classroom Culture
It is such a shame that when he was Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove was not able to dress up, the finery suits him and his rather quizzical look. Perhaps we can remedy this sad state of affairs for future Education Secretaries and demand that they dress up in Academic Garb as befits … More Michael Gove Looking Great
“The most successful tyranny…is the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities.” Allan Bloom Should the staff at a school share one vision? Does your Headteacher stand in front of you and preach that He is the embodiment of the vision, that he is, as Queen put it: “One man [With] One goal, Hah, one … More In Praise of Tory Teachers: A Hymn to Diversity in the Staffroom
I was discombobulated to see the following tweet from the DfE: Now just be jolly good chaps and don’t tweet anything okay!?!
Twitter is awash with adults grabbing their mobile phones to tweet their outrage at the use of mobile phones by pupils in schools. There is evidence to prove student test scores can be improved if you ban mobile phones, the evidence “suggests that restricting mobile phone use can be a low-cost policy to reduce educational inequalities.” … More Mobile Phones for Life!
As a teacher I wanted students to remember certain things and to be able to recall them when needed. DT Willingham wrote in his book Why Don’t Kids Like School: “Whatever students think about is what they will remember… Memory is the residue of thought.” To Aeschylus “Memory is the mother of all reason…” Thought … More Memory