Category Archives: education

George Osborne, The Age of Austerity and Children

Osborne, the chancellor, caused alarm and anger when he talked about the unfairness of a “shift-worker” leaving for work early in the morning who looks up and sees “the closed blinds of their next door neighbour sleeping off a life … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter: Segregation in Education

This is George W. McLaurin in 1948 being segregated from the rest of his University class. He was the first African-American to attend the University of Oklahoma. He became a Professor and because of his courage he enabled minority groups … Continue reading

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The Institutional Failure of Disadvantaged Students

School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.1 ‘Closing the attainment … Continue reading

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J S Mill on the responsibilities of parents and the state

“It still remains unrecognised, that to bring a child into existence without a fair prospect of being able, not only to provide food for its body, but instruction and training for its mind, is a moral crime, both against the … Continue reading

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For: Wayne Lapierre and his gun loving friends

Wayne Lapierre is the CEO of the NRA, which promotes gun ownership in the USA. This is Lapierre explaining why school teachers should be armed. It was given immediately after a school massacre. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/nra-backs-trumps-call-for-arming-teachers-schools-must-be-the-most-hardened-targets

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Home Education anyone?

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The Philosopher and the Chair

A philosophy professor entered his lecture theatre and put a chair on the desk. He then asked his students to prove the chair didn’t exist.The students settled to the task except for one. He spent a few seconds writing his … Continue reading

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An Awkward Question

Harpurhey, north Manchester, is a poor area, and was in the 1950s and 60s as I grew up. Rows and rows of terraced houses, with no bathroom or indoor toilet, straddled the Rochdale Road. There were no luxuries, but my … Continue reading

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The benefits of immigrant children in school (USA)

“… the presence of immigrant students has a positive effect on the academic achievement of US-born students, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Moreover, the presence of immigrants does not affect negatively the performance of affluent US-born students, who typically … Continue reading

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A cunning professor

At Sydney University, there were four students studying Organic Chemistry. They were excellent students achieving “A’s”. They were so confident they decided to go to Canberra and party with some friends the weekend before their finals. However, they slept through … Continue reading

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