Posts Tagged ‘schools’

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Wire” where detective-turned teacher Presbelouski is called to a staff meeting where he is told that children are to be withdrawn from normal classes in order to practice for the assessment tests.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…)


Raising Rapists

February 1, 2009

A recent Panorama programme covered the issue of sexual harassment and bullying in schools. I am not in a position to say how widespread the problem is nationally but if anecdata is any use, here are some. (more…)

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…)

Study Leave

June 3, 2008

Rather belated commentary on the article on this subject in “Education Guardian” on 20 May. (more…)

Dispatches: The Children Left Behind

February 12, 2008

In last the Dispatches programme of 11 February, former headteacher James Wetz made a case for the proposistion that secondary schools are too larfe and that this is the reason why they are failing many children. (more…)