Spoof Ofsted proposal to begin education at 2 NOT a spoof - Honest
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Normally, you would put these in the chat room, often indicated by Truebiscuit in the title.
As you are new, we can let you off, but only if the quality of your subs improve.
Lol - I'd be interested to see how the Government would pay for a 27% increase in the number of schools and qualified teachers.
(On current local & national spending levels that would be a cool £30b.... equivalent to the total of police, law and fire services spending - Ouch!)
If Labour win the election then Ed Miliband will fund it with a “tax on the banks”. That’s how he’s going to fund everything else he keeps promising.
It's those lazy bastard teachers at it again, is it too much trouble to get to work for 9 like the rest of us?
yeah....when I'm lounging upon my silken divan being fanned by Ofsted inspectors and fed luscious sweetmeats by my head of dept I often feel so ashamed I have an urge to give my lavish salary back and work for free.
-Not Amused: the whole point is that it's such a fucking loony hateful idea spurred by professional educational buttinskys (of whichever political persuasion - and both mobs really need to hang their mangy swivel-eyed heads in shame did they but know the meaning of the fucking word) that I really didn't know where to stick it.
anhyway...thamks for the notes. Off to practice my pirouettes in front of the fucking mirrors. xxx
Actually the more worrying aspect of the story is nothing to do with the teachers but the admission by politicians that they have given up on Britain's parents. Sad times.
Here in Scotland, we've had State nursery 'schools' for children aged 3, with play based learning being the focus for a long time. I certainly attended one in the early 70s and I don't know anyone of my generation who didn't. There are private nurseries which focus on purely play which cater for children from birth to 5, but most parents take up their free places as soon as their children are old enough.
Also, children can start school anytime between 4 and 6, my own YM's birthday is at the end of December and he started school in the August before his 5th birthday, while some of his classmates didn't turn 5 until the end of the following February and others were 18 months older than him.
His school offers education for primary and secondary and is about to open a nursery. There are many children who only attend for primary or who join just for secondary, but those who attend from start to finish tend to do better academically as they know the school, the teachers and the school's teaching style.
I don't think it's so much a case of parents washing their hands of responsibility, nor do I think that it's Government meddling, but children have the greatest capacity for learning from birth to early teens so why not maximise that?
Good point Wren. The class divide in british educ is getting wider and wider and politicians and media are shoving in a car jack and stretching it for their own aims
Jen -all typically Scots, Sensible and bullshit-free. you just know in england they'd have the poor little sods memorising John Donne and theoretical calculus before their rusks.
it does seem that an increasing number of children are starting school with significant speech and language difficulties, and the number seems to increase every year, the problem with this is that it is difficult to teach reading and writing when the precursor to all that, language, is not there. also, children will often not have table manners, or few social skills or be potty trained.
many parents from low socio-economic groups, in particular, are often too busy working (one leaves home as the other one gets back) to do stuff with children anymore-talking, going for a walk, cooking etc. some parents can not be bothered, and see their children as an inconvenience to their lifestyle.
i can see how, after studies such as the marmot review show that poorer children with good cognitive skills make less progress at school, and therefore have reduced life chances, the gvt think this start at 2 stuff may be a good idea. i can also see how others worry that it is a negation of parents' responsibilities. perhaps we should make nurseries better.
i would love to see chd from poorer backgrounds in the professions-which would be richer for a bit more diversity. at the moment, it is not happening...
writinginbsl - Many people here in the professions are from poor backgrounds, I suppose it's that Calvinistic attitude of work hard and achieve greatness.
My parents didn't have a pot to piss in when I was a child, both worked full-time and I went to a private nursery before my State place became available.
Nursery involved number games, reading (I could read and write at 3, that was the norm in my family though) and games which taught social-skills. My primary school was a real mix between the wealthy middle-classes and the very poorest classes. We were all treated equally and encouraged by teachers to achieve our potential. Almost everyone that I was at primary with have gone on to have good careers, with nursing, teaching, law and medicine featuring high on the list of our attainments.
My State secondary had the same socio-economic mix, and in the year that I left school, we had 6 pupils accepted to Oxford or Cambridge, 2 more than the local private school.
I accept that things have changed, but I think that to a certain degree, schools no longer encourage children from poorer backgrounds to aspire to more, I know from working in schools that there is a sentiment of 'why bother?', which is sad.
I agree that there are those parents who treat schools as unpaid child-care, but it is possible for children from every background to gain a profession.
Am I in the right place? I went out and came back to find this is now the Times Educational Supplement. Is it an elaborate spoof?
nah, we've just clocked that humour can be be about important stuff rather than just pissing up the bike shed wall and scratching spiteful stuff on the walls in the lavs. Join us?
"Is it an elaborate spoof?"
Come on, we ain't that clever. Stokebloke got it right - we're just having a ciggie behind the bike sheds and scratching graffiti. (Wonder if it's true wot someone wrote here about Sharon in the 4th form?)
Join me behind the bikesheds, guys. I have sherry and back numbers of the TES. also ciggies .
So - what's the evidence?
"So - what's the evidence?"
Wot, about Sharon in the 4th form? Dunno, it wasn't me wot wrote that on the wall. You tell us.
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