Archive for the ‘Bad Science’ Category

Duking The Stats 3: Arbitrary Rewards

May 19, 2011

I was at an INSET recently about behaviour and behaviour policies. It was … interesting. (more…)

The Political Baccalaureate

April 3, 2011

Is the ‘English Baccalaureate’ anything other than a stick for Michael Gove and the rest of the ConDems to use to beat State education? (more…)

Falling Off The Learning Curve

November 9, 2010

I am probably stating the obvious when I say that science teachers need to know about the experiments they will be teaching and know how to use the apparatus availabe. What is beginning to concern me is the fact that this will not continue to happen for much longer. (more…)

Duking The Stats 2: Campbell’s Law

October 24, 2010

[BPSDB]Duking the stats seems to be continuing apace in my workplace. Now management want behaviour to seem better than it actually is. (more…)

Duking The Stats

October 14, 2010

The title comes from a scene in “The Wire” where detective-turned teacher Presbelouski is called to a staff meeting where he is told that children are to be withdrawn from normal classes in order to practice for the assessment tests. He complains to a colleague who explains the need for the school to improve their SATs scores. “Ah!” he says. “we’re duking the stats!” To her blank look he says “Making rapes disappear, turning felonies into misdemeanors. I’ve been here before.”

I have to say that “duking the stats” is neither peculiarly American nor peculiarly fictional. (more…)

Bizarre Tory School Plan

February 16, 2010

[BPSDB]I have been somewhat critical of education policy under the current Government but compared with what the opposition have planned, Labour are sane and clear thinkers. (more…)

I’m Sick of This Urban Myth

September 8, 2009

[BPSDB]If I had a fiver every time I heard that “Schoolchildren don’t do experiments in science any more because of Health & Safety” I’d be able to afford a trip to the Antipodes this Christmas. (more…)

New Disorders

July 13, 2009

[BPSDB]In his excellent book “Bad Science”, one of Ben Goldacre’s targets is the medicalising of social issues by both the pharmaceutical giants and the alternative pill peddlers. I was reminded of this recently when I read of a mother of a teenager who was claiming that giving him an ASBO was unfair because his medical condition was not being taken into account. (more…)

Daily Mail Determines Reality

May 17, 2009

[BPSDB]The Daily Mail, it would appear, has taken on itself the right to decide not only what is taught in school science lessons but also the nature of reality. (more…)

Ditching Evolution

March 7, 2009

I have just read Paul Rees’ article “Are textbook references to Darwin close to extinction?” His concerns are the lack of reference to evolution and references to the scientists such as Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel, whose work lay the foundations of evolutionary thought. (more…)