Thursday

Parents who need parenting and dumbing down – tales from the education front line.

I have come across some notes I made a few months ago about some things said by a head of a primary school in London and his assistant head. The school does well but the head was emphasising that he … Continue reading

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Thursday

The vocational education disaster in Britain

Last night on the The Moral Maze, there was a lot of argument about unemployment. One reason why Britain has such difficulty getting the less qualified into jobs is because the education system has done so badly. And one part … Continue reading

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Tuesday

The two people blocking the expansion of charter schools

I was at the Spectator conference about education today. There are two things which have caused the spread of charter schools to be so disappointingly slow: 1. Profit-making companies are not allowed to set them up. 2. Local authorities can … Continue reading

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Friday

‘Diary’ of research in America in the current ‘Spectator’

You can see the beginning here. Or else it can be found in the print edition.

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, Work on the new book
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Thursday

Schools, Charles Murray and more

In the Spectator this week is a ‘diary’ of my research trip to the USA. (Only part of it is freely available.)

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, Healthcare and the NHS
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Thursday

The scandal of teacher training is being tackled

For years teacher training has been a scandal. Huge amounts of money have been spent on it. A group of people more than twice the size of the British army (before the latest cuts) have been trained and then left … Continue reading

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Tuesday

Want to go to the toilet? Then we better call for an escort.

Snapshot of a public (ie state)  middle school in San Francisco: when I was waiting in reception to see the headmaster, I heard the receptionist talking on a two way radio to somebody about an ‘escort’. Later I asked the … Continue reading

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Tuesday

Teacher trade unions versus good education

I have just read the first chapter of Terry Moe’s book, Special Interest. It is about the damage done by teacher trade unions in America to the quality of education. It is persuasively written. I recommend it. I visited a US … Continue reading

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Saturday

Yes, there is a welfare state in America

I think is probably true to say that most people outside the USA think that America does not have a welfare state. Perhaps quite a few inside the USA think the same. There is a worldwide desire to put countries … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, Healthcare and the NHS, Housing, Media, including BBC bias, Welfare benefits
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Wednesday

20% of children at a school ‘should be in care’

I went to a discussion on child poverty at the Policy Exchange on Monday. Frank Field, who has a long track record in this area, said there were three things he wanted to say: 1. Existing methods of assessting poverty … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Behaviour & Crime, Education, Parenting, Unemployment
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