Another furiously aspiring speech from Michael Gove today:
All of us who are parents would be delighted if our children were learning to love George Eliot, write their own computer programmes, daring to take themselves out of their comfort zone and aspiring to be faster, higher or stronger.
Unless, of course, we write for Guardian Education…
Jacqueline Wilson [...]
John Blake of Labour Teachers has responded on his personal blog to Michael Gove’s recent praise of him, and to the depressingly predictable reaction of some of his fellow Labour supporters:
I am passionately committed to the Labour Party and the achievement of a Labour government as soon as possible and for as long as possible. [...]
India Knight in The Sunday Times (pay wall) on Michael Gove’s curriculum reform:
Gove, rightly, calls his proposals “fundamental building blocks”. These will result in children learning fractions from the age of five, knowing their times tables by the age of nine and learning to recite poetry from the age of five, with an added emphasis [...]
I am writing to warn of the dangers posed by semi-literate academics writing letters to national newspapers warning of the dangers posed by Michael Gove’s not being as left-wing and right-on as they are. This is the third sentence of their letter:
This mountain of data will not develop children’s ability to think, including problem-solving, critical [...]
This is a repeat of an old blog post of mine, from about three years ago, I think, in which I agreed with Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator, that the expansion of secondary schools in the 1970s and again from 1990 to 2005 was an educational and social disaster.
These figures, “Average size of UK [...]
One reason Michael Gove will never be prime minister is that he cannot resist a good joke. His speech to the Social Market Foundation yesterday was a joy to read, partly because his mockery of right-on attitudes was so pointed.
Those who enjoy wealth and power in our society – however bohemian their lifestyle, artistic their circle [...]
I cannot work out if this is admirable or ridiculous, but there is a chunk of Michael Gove’s speech on child protection today that is not on the Department for Education website.
To go back to one of the most significant political moments of this year, the un-denied report by the Mail on Sunday on 14 October that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, wants to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s membership of the European Union under threat of our leaving if the Government cannot secure the [...]
We need to ask the question of whether students are being given an adequate say in the changes taking place within their learning establishments. The truth is, they are not.
Fascinating statement from the Prime Minister on what was obviously a fruitless Brussels summit last week: it made “limited progress”, he said.
As James Forsyth noted, Ed Miliband adopted quite a pro-European tone, although he mainly played his response for laughs, mocking Cameron for claiming to have made progress on energy and digital stuff, when the [...]
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