Tag Archive for Education

‘Your email is typical from a man’: New education secretary Nicky Morgan’s rude response when questioned on gay marriage stance

‘Your email is typical from a man’: New education secretary Nicky Morgan’s rude response when questioned on gay marriage stance

Newly appointed education secretary Nicky Morgan has sent one of her constituents a bitterly curt response when questioned about her views on same sex marriage Read more

Interview: What can gaming do for education?

Interview: What can gaming do for education?

Ben Abbott talks to a Hollywood art director about why he’s started making educational apps and how video games can help children to learn. Read more

Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education relocates to the US for remake set in Chicago

Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education relocates to the US for remake set in Chicago

Jack Whitehall comedy Bad Education is getting a US remake. Read more

What do the new GCSE reforms really mean for education?

What do the new GCSE reforms really mean for education?

As the schools go back after the half term holidays, you can be sure that the recently announced changes to the GCSE exams will be the hot topic of conversation in staff rooms across the country. But what do the changes mean for students who will be sitting them? Read more

Half of boys aged 5 can’t write to Santa, Department for Education figures show

Half of boys aged 5 can’t write to Santa, Department for Education figures show

Almost half of all young boys cannot write a simple letter, story or even a long label. Read more

Frustrated by Michael Gove’s education policies? Why not buy a voodoo pincushion of him

Frustrated by Michael Gove’s education policies? Why not buy a voodoo pincushion of him

Education secretary Michael Gove, the bête noire of teachers the length and breadth of the country, has been immortalised in the form of a voodoo pincushion.
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Education starts early for newborn as primary school teacher gives birth in classroom

Education starts early for newborn as primary school teacher gives birth in classroom

A primary school teacher has given her son a head start in life by giving birth to him in a classroom. Read more

Top Boy, Bad Education, Great British Bake Off: TV picks

Top Boy, Bad Education, Great British Bake Off: TV picks

Top Boy reaches its finale, Jack Whitehall is threatened by a US invasion while Mel and Sue see just how tricky custard tarts can be. Read more

Updating sex education in schools: Children can’t ‘stay innocent’ – we need to grow up

Updating sex education in schools: Children can’t ‘stay innocent’ – we need to grow up

Current sex education literature doesn’t even include the internet – it was last updated thirteen years ago, before the digital knowledge explosion had even really begun.

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Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education is like a brainy kid with ADHD

Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education is like a brainy kid with ADHD

Jack Whitehall’s comedy is whipsmart when it sticks to the dialogue but falls flat with the slapstick Read more

The value of education

The value of education

Studying for a degree isn’t just a life-changing experience – it’s also a wise investment.

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Schoolgirl writes to education secretary over English exam paper errors

Schoolgirl writes to education secretary over English exam paper errors

A schoolgirl has written to education secretary Michael Gove after spotting a number of errors in an English grammar and spelling Sats exam. Read more

A Land Where Hearts No Longer Break

If you believe our nation is basically sound, and if you believe fairness and opportunity are still universally available in America, I urge you not to watch a movie called Waiting For Superman. If you have any conscience at all, it will break your heart.
You will see the desperate decline and potential collapse of our public school system, considered by Thomas Jefferson to be absolutely essential to the survival of the American Republic. For the decline of public education is not merely an economic issue of competition with the Chinese. It is a moral issue at the core of what a nation with a heart owes its children and future generations.
In this movie you will see teachers failing to teach and students failing to learn Read more

Both Sides Now w Huffington and Matalin The Fog of Wars Education in America Palin in Israel

By Mark Green
Mary Matalin and Wayne Barrett (sitting in for Arianna until her return in two weeks) focus on two big issues: first, after the quicksands of Iraq and Afghanistan, can America intervene militarily in the Libyan civil war in a proportionate and successful way? And how should Washington best intervene in local classrooms to improve education? From the Situation Room to the classroom. (To hear entire show, click podcast below.)
*Getting a Little Bit Pregnant in Libya. Mary acknowledges changing her mind on the right role in Libya, first opposing it, then supporting it, now opposing it. (She took cover behind a for-it-before-against-it joke at John Kerry’s expense.) She worries about the confusion of goals — Saving civilians? Regime change? — and wonders what is the doctrine that allows this intervention but not others in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria Read more

HellRaising Artist Jake Chapman Rallies British Culturati to Support Student Civil Disobedience

For months, the United Kingdom has been roiled by student protests standing up to the coalition government’s attempt to sharply raise annual tuition at universities to up to 9,000 ($14,600). Now, a coalition of more than 90 artists, musicians, and creative figures have come together to make a statement of solidarity with the young protesters. The list includes some big names: visual artists Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, and Rachel Whiteread; Clash rocker Mick Jones, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, and Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes; and fashion designer Stella McCartney. And the form of solidarity offered is not just abstract — it comes in the form of cash to pay the fines of persecuted and jailed students, thus encouraging further civil disobedience against the education fee hikes.
Artist Jake Chapman’s “Can’t pay your fees? We’ll pay your fines!” campaign looks to fund payment of the fines incurred by student protestors in the UK Read more

Why All Schools Should Require More PE

Are multiplication tables more important than our children’s health? Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell seems to think so. He vetoed a bill yesterday that would have required all elementary and middle school students in Virginia to participate in 150 minutes of physical activity a week, in addition to recess.
McDonnell says the bill is an “unfunded mandate,” according to The Washington Post, citing concerns about the cost of implementation. Other opponents worry about placing the burden of solving our country’s childhood obesity crisis on our public schools.
While these concerns are understandable, they don’t justify a veto Read more

School Bullying Empowering Bystanders

Recently I’ve taken a hard look at the advice we give to kids who are being bullied and challenged all of us who work on this issue to do better. Now I want to question the common advice we give bystanders. This is critical for two reasons; we rarely admit the complex role bystanders play in bullying and I’ve never seen us publicly acknowledge that often the reason bystanders don’t come forward is because they don’t have confidence in the adults to do what’s right.
Being a bystander:
It’s not like any of us look forward to the opportunity of confronting a bully, as we saw in the recent Dateline special. Ironically, it can often be harder to confront a bully we’re close to than someone we don’t know or don’t like Read more

Michelle Bachmann Ron Paul and Those Evil Public Schoolteachers

In what is most likely a sign of things to come in next year’s election, three Republican presidential candidates, albeit fringe candidates at the moment, ripped public schools during a homeschoolers convention in Des Moines Wednesday.
The Tea Party darlings threw red meat to a receptive crowd, which ate it up.
Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota noted that she homeschooled her five children and was not allowed to home school 23 foster children, thanks to the evil government.
Herman Cain, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, said, “That’s all we want is for government to get out of the way so we can educate ourselves and our children the old-fashioned way.”
And then there’s Ron Paul.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul told the crowd government wants “absolute control” of the “indoctrination” of children.
“The public school system now is a propaganda machine,” Paul said, prompting applause from the crowd of hundreds of home schooling families. “They start with our kids even in kindergarten, teaching them about family values, sexual education, gun rights, environmentalism — and they condition them to believe in so much which is totally un-American.”
I don’t know what public schools Paul has been around, but the ones I have been around for the past half-century as a student, newspaper reporter, and teacher have generally been reflective of the community. Most teachers go to church, shop at Wal-Mart and Target, and spend almost no time thinking about how they can increase the level of indoctrination of the apparently empty vessels that fill their classrooms.
The teacher in the room next door to mine even listens to Rush Limbaugh every day during his lunch hour Read more

Detroits Reform Roller Coaster

The prevailing notion, at least nationally, is that Detroit is a lost cause. Families have been moving out of Detroit (and Michigan more generally) for years, one of the country’s preeminent research universities continues to lose graduates to big cities, a recent New York Times article about Detroit highlighted the failed attempt to reform the city’s education system, yet again, and the news from Lansing and Governor Rick Snyder isn’t making too many folks excited about the future. Ugh.
The organization I co-founded, The Generation Project, connects passionate community members with high-need public schools through a unique, web-based giving platform that allows donors to specify exactly how they’d like their donation to be used. Of the six geographic regions where we operate, Detroit is the region in greatest need Read more

Teaching to the Test

Spring parent-teacher conferences were held this morning at the school where I teach and my belief, that in my dozen years as a teacher I had heard everything, was shattered to the core.
“My son is worried about his scores,” a mother told me. I quickly reassured her she had nothing to worry about. Her son, who moved into the school district midway through the fall semester, has a solid A in my English class and is a skilled writer.
“He got A’s in all of his classes,” the mother told me.
I was having a hard time understanding the problem.
“He can’t figure out why he doesn’t do better on the ACUITY tests.”
“The ACUITY tests?”
“He received a C on the first one he took,” she said. “I told him to take his time on it last time and he made a B Read more

How Do You Spell Democracy

I’ll never forget the wrinkled face of a frustrated voter in a schoolyard in the town of Hinche, Haiti.
Each line told a different story of the hardship he faced — corrupt governments, poverty, an earthquake, the painfully slow dispersal of aid and now a cholera epidemic. Yet, at noon-hour on that hot, tension-filled November day, he still turned up to cast a ballot for a new president and a new future.
Sadly, I never learned his name — I’m not sure he did either.
“I can’t read this,” he said, uncomfortably handing his voter’s card to an election official.
The official sounded frustrated as he said, “J–your name begins with J.” Then, he waved the man off towards one of the handwritten lists tacked to classroom doors around the schoolyard indicating who could vote at what booth Read more

Opportunity Scholarships in DC Give Lawmakers Chance to Put Actions to Words

Last week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Sen. Michael Bennet and Gov. John Hickenlooper on a national conference call in conjunction with President Obama’s push to replace the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act. They spoke of the education reform, the role of the federal government in supporting the states as they make education policy, and how each one of the nation’s children deserves a quality education.
“There’s nothing more at war with who we are as Coloradoans and Americans than the image of fourth grade children doing first grade math,” Bennet said Read more

Teacher Evaluations Dont Tell The Whole Story

It’s pretty easy for me to say that Mr. Callahan was the best teacher I ever had. Much more difficult is the task of explaining what exactly makes that so. The stakes for making such a claim seem rather high right now, too, as many of the prevailing education reform narratives involve teacher assessment — the identification and rewarding of great teachers and concomitantly, the elimination of the bad ones.
Many of these calls for “teacher accountability” tie teacher assessment to student assessment Read more

Children First

A couple of weekends ago, I found myself chatting with a local parent who was born and raised in Europe. Once we exchanged information about our careers, the conversation naturally turned to education, and recent news coverage of education issues:
“I have to say, I find this really strange. I feel sorry for you, those of you who work as teachers. Everything is about conflict, and cutting things Read more