Posts Tagged ‘education’

Institutional Racism in Schools

September 6, 2008

[BPSDB]Many newspapers yesterday carried stories such as this, claiming that institutional racism in schools was holding back black pupils. Research shows it apparantly. But don’t bother looking for it – it’s not been published in a proper journal but presented at a conference of the British Education Research Association. (more…)


Do We Need the Cambridge Pre-U?

April 16, 2008

The Guardian on Saturday April 12 carried an article by Polly Curtis, their Education Editor, entitled “Elite rival to A-levels wins backing from exams body”.


Paxo Stuffs Brain Gym

April 3, 2008

The ludicrous “Brain Gym” got the Paxman treatment on “Newsnight”. (more…)

Teaching Children to be Useless

March 18, 2008

By that I mean the continued message given to pupils that they have no responsibility for looking after themselves, that if they screw up there will always be someone to bail them out. (more…)

More Joined Up Thinking

March 7, 2008

I thought that we were supposed to be trying to get more school students interested in science? I must have got that wrong because that’s not what the Government’s policies will achieve. (more…)

And Today’s Daft Idea…

February 25, 2008

…is from Dylan Williams of the Institute of Education for his idea that, according to today’s Metro, “Millions of pounds could be saved on educational spending if a ‘traffic light system’ showing pupils’ understanding was used”. (more…)

Coming Soon, the McA-Level

January 28, 2008

Today’s media oulets all seem to be carrying the story that McDonalds is going to be offering A-level equivalent courses. See here, for example. (more…)

Education System to Blame for Rail Chaos?

January 7, 2008

In Saturday’s Guardian, Julian Glover concluded an item on the recent problems on the railways by writing:-

“…that points to the real reason for the mayhem: there are not enough engineers in Britain. The education system, as much as the rail industry, should take the blame for that.” (more…)

An Incentive To Cheat (Part 2)

December 17, 2007

Given the small but select bunch that read this blog, it was highly unlikely that it was read by Government ministers. Which is a pity because if they had read this they migt not have come up with this bright idea – financial incentives for schools to dramatically improve. (more…)

Twenty First Century Chemistry

November 5, 2007

Remember making crystal gardens at school? Remember your introduction to the concept of saturated solutions by heating evaporating dishes full of salt solutions and watching the crystals form? How old were you when you did that? I’m prepared to bet that it was in the First Year, or Year 7 as they call it these days. (more…)