As soon as Education Secretary, Michael Gove speaks, most of the education establishment is so busy automatically loathing him and finding fault with his every word that they forget to listen to what he is actually saying.
So teachers intend to strike later this term. Except that it won’t be a strike as such. They are just planning to refuse to attend meetings, fill in forms, invigilate, cover for absent colleagues or lead extra-curricular activity because, they say, they don’t want to disrupt children’s education – which is, of course a contradiction in terms.
This week children and teenagers all over the UK will be packing their new pencil cases and grabbing their school bags ready for the new school term in the UK’s 30,000 or so schools.
At this time of year tens of thousands of excited young people are busy packing kettles and ironing boards ready for next term while others are desperately scrambling through Clearing in the hope that they might, just might, get a place to study something – anything – in a higher education institution a long way from home even if it’s only Horology with Romanian at the University of NeverHeardOfIt.
Far too many children (and adults) do not get enough exercise to remain healthy. You can see the evidence in every high street and classroom. And the statistics for obesity related illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes are terrifying.
Anyone who tells children that God – literally – created the world in seven days 6,000 years ago is guilty of perverting education.
Why on earth has Michael Gove commissioned yet another report on school dinners? Are they under orders to come up with something significantly different from what Jamie Oliver told the last government?
British school children are in school for just a few hours five days a week for around 38/40 weeks a year. It really doesn’t add up to very much overall so why do we allow so much of that precious time to be wasted?
What is it about the British and school uniform? Forcing children into corporate dress has, in my not inconsiderable experience, absolutely nothing to do with discipline, contrary to popular belief.
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