Culture

Boys don’t cry

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So my son said they were shown Greta Thunberg videos at his school the other day. I asked him what the reaction was. He said, ‘Nobody gives a stuff. Nobody cares about what she’s saying. We were all just making fun of her’. This cheered me up greatly. He didn’t say that because I’ve forewarned […]

Education

Solid State Logic it isn’t

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Rhiannon Lucy Coslett is one of the Guardian’s pet state school writers. Unfortunately she rather undermines her own case by demonstrating that consistency wasn’t something she learned at state school: The social confidence afforded to the privately educated is always cited but never challenged… Is it really acceptable to recruit so many men from single-sex […]

Crime

He asked, and he was given

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Deputy head shoots a student with plastic bullets: The boy was hit at least twice from a distance of up to 15 metres, with the plastic bullets causing injuries to his stomach, arms and legs.   The “momentary lapse of judgment” left Gitlin’s 30-year teaching career in tatters after he was convicted of assault by […]

Education

Reasons not to be a tiger mum

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Anonymous pushy mother in the Telegraph: since Connor started his A levels, I’ve turned into one of those terrible ‘tiger mums’, micromanaging him 24/7. He goes to a good state comprehensive and hopes to study geography at university Geography? Why are you bothering? Social media

Culture

The modern primary school

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I visited a primary school today. Do you want to know if it lived up to the stereotype of a modern school or not? Well, the first thing I saw when I came in was climate change messages everywhere. Then I saw a noticeboard titled ‘STEM’, with a lot of papers pinned up on it. […]

Commies

They walk among us

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So why is it millenials know nothing at all about the atrocities and disasters of Communism? Some Conservatives have complained that it’s because the schools are not teaching it. Students know all about the dangers of Nazism, but they have a vague, rosy-tinted impression of Communism, because the schools, and the culture at large, tell […]

Education

Bullying and streaming

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The Telegraph presents the views of a supposed expert on bullying: Dr Nassem argues that schools “need to change their entire culture” as the hierarchical way in which they are run, including children being streamed into sets based on their abilities, encourages bullying. But then, from the same person: Dr Nassem added that fears of […]

Education

Kids and screen time 2

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Following on from my post about kids and screen time earlier in the week, another issue is this. We often hear about discrimination in the arts and other areas against the working class. Posh kids are no better, it is said, but you don’t get hired if you have a working-class accent. But we also […]

Education

Kids and screen time 1

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I think this is true: Boarding school children dominate the world of work because they do not spend time in their bedrooms in front of screens, a leading headmaster has said. Rather than spending hours “hunched” over a computer or television at home, boarding school pupils can spend their time pursuing their passions, according to […]

Education

Further problems with recent grammar school research

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For those who are interested in the current grammar schools debate, there’s a must-read article up at The Conservative Woman by Chris McGovern, who claims that the inadequacies of the current GCSE system mean that any recent research based on GCSE results (such as the research I blogged about here) is unreliable. Social media