In March 2002 Professor David Gillborn, a leading authority on critical race studies in Education, warned that the reform of secondary education which introduced vocational programmes for “lower-performing pupils” would only serve to entrench institutional racism within schools. He argued that when teachers define “lower-performing pupils” “they generally underestimate the abilities of black youngsters.” His [...]
I guess we are allused to hearing about new records being broken when it comes to the weather. So it won’t come as a surprise to hear that there is a new record for the strongest gust of wind. The 253.5mph gust was measured at Barrow Island, Australia during Tropical Cyclone Olivia. What is unusual [...]
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By Alice-Azania Jarvis | | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 9:45 am
Now this is more like it. Number 528 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Salem News (“Serving Oregon & The Pacific Northwest”). Complete with picture of Howard Carter looking at Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus, taken from a book called Was there really a curse on King Tutankhamen’s tomb?
It follows number [...]
In today’s multimedia arena of smartphones, iPads, twitter, Facebook, and so on, the concept of not being understood is rather a rare one.
We are blessed, that, apart from throughout most of China, the Queen’s speech is an all-pervading influence. First of all, much of the internet is in English. And secondly, if you do have [...]
Don’t ignore your new home’s Energy Performance Certificate – it could guide you about future costs needed on your home
For as long as anyone can remember, a patch of wasteland by the Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Malibu has been home to a peculiar eyesore: a derelict oil tank, painted beige, with a small pipe protruding from its left hand side. Local residents of this expensive part of West Los Angeles have [...]
By way of footnotes to my columnising in The Independent on Sunday today (Comrade Coren has recently verbed the word column),* it turns out that some people do not recognise my reference to the Mirror of Erised.
This just goes to show that some of us columnisers have a cultural hinterland, doesn’t it? (Do not attempt [...]
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