http://www.ccpixel.net/2009/09/eye-reflection/ In the latest issue of the Eye, there’s a lovely little satire on teachers and reading: TEACHERS PROTEST AT HAVING TO TEACH CHILDREN TO READby Our Education Staff Michael WhiteboardBRITAIN’s top teaching union, NOTREAD (the National organisation of Teaching Representatives, Educationalists and Deputies) last night voted unanimously to go on strike against government… Continue reading Teachers under surveillance
What is it with these heads that can’t stop crossing themselves and averring that they are not going to tell six-year-olds they are failures? As if any teacher in their right mind would declare a child a failure if they didn’t pass a test, any test. If anyone is declared a failure, it ought to… Continue reading Another head teacher takes the pledge
I had to smile the other day. I was listening to programme on Radio 4 reporting on the Home Affairs Committee, which happened to be hearing evidence about an inquiry into drugs by the police, when who should pop up but Russell Brand? Regardless of the content of what Mr Brand had to say, and… Continue reading Brand? but by no means bland!
An article, ‘Making the Grade’, in The New Republic (TNR) early this month really helped clarify for me the issue of hiring and firing of teachers in this country. First, let me say that The New Republic leans towards the Democratic Party in the USA and can be very sharply critical of anything rightwards of centre-right in US… Continue reading ‘Making the grade’ in the USA
There’s an opinion piece published in the TES today (20 04 2012) in the ‘What keeps me awake at night’ column, imploring Mr Gibb to ‘read up on phonics’. Sadly, it’s yet another witless little anti-phonics diatribe from another benighted simpleton who advertises his ignorance of what phonics is from the start. He tells us… Continue reading What keeps the anti-phonics lobby awake at night
I haven’t posted about anything from The USA’s National Public Radio (npr) for some time now but one of their latest pieces really caught my eye this morning. It’s titled ‘From Silicon Valley: A New Approach To Education’ and, although it’s not exactly new, it should scare the beejesus out of higher education sectors everywhere.… Continue reading The shape of things to come?
The latest issue of Teach Primary has published a short piece I wrote for the magazine about the new Y1 phonics screening check. See also my previous blog postings on the subject here, here and here. If you would like to read it, it’s sent out free to all primary schools and is also available from… Continue reading Teach Primary on Y1 phonics screening check