Category Archives: School

Country Dancing: Thornhill Road School

In 1949 I started my school life at Thornhill Road Infant School. The Second World War had ended four years earlier and rationing was still firmly in place. Although my family, (two older brothers,  Mum and Dad), were poor, we … Continue reading

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America’s school shootings

“This year, going to school has involved more fatalities than serving in the US military.” https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2018/05/saturday-assorted-links-162.html Chris

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Book Review: Vince Hilaire (and Tom Maslona) ~ Vince: The autobiography of Vince Hilaire

He was an outstanding athlete excelling in cricket where he played at Essex Schoolboy level, which was dominated by those that were being privately educated (it still is). A black working-class boy from east London was as rare as hens … Continue reading

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Games Lessons in the 1950s at Sir Philip Magnus school, London

I have never liked sporting events, especially team games. Every Wednesday afternoon my class, of around 28 pupils from Sir Philip Magnus school in North London had to muster outside the school gates for the obligatory torture session. All or … Continue reading

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University of California: Berkeley 2017

There are 1098 students enrolled on CS61A at Berkeley who are happily sharing a learning experience in the Wheeler Hall, which is Berkeley’s largest lecture hall. In state students pay $34,972 and out-of-state students pay $61,654. Is this a demonstration but … Continue reading

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Toxic elitism in British grammar schools in the 1950s

” In the sixth form we were divided into subject based groups on a very traditional basis. The academically brilliant were encouraged to enter Sixth Classics to study [ancient] Greek and Latin. The next most able were encouraged to go into Sixth … Continue reading

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Character building explained

Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why. From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will … Continue reading

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