Another Saturday, and time for another round-up of posts. This week we’ve published the last of the responses to the general election, and some of the less topical posts which had been waiting around while we got the election related posts out of the way.
“Rage, disappointment, despair. Who could have predicted the outcome of the 2015 General Election? The chance to bring change, the chance to bring fairness, the chance to oust the Tories from the coalition. But no. The British public voted to place the Tories firmly in the seat of power for the next five years.”
“The left needs to rethink. As I have argued here, much current thinking and practice in education can hardly be considered left-wing in the first place. There are certain truths that we need to face whether we like it or not.”
“In my original schedule for bloggers on Labour Teachers I deliberately left some gaps every 8 weeks in order to have space to experiment. That first gap is coming up soon and the experiment is: Floating Voters Week.”
“I should have seen this coming. My Government and Politics AS students, in their adolescent analysis, had already shown me all the signs that this election wouldn’t work out for Labour. Back in September, at the very start of their course, I had made them categorise parties’ policies by political spectrum. A crude analysis perhaps, but it revealed that Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems were all picking policies from a centre-right grab-bag of cuts, immigration reform and bickering about EU membership.”
“Hmmmm. After all the speculation about hung parliaments and coalitions, and the longest general election campaign ever, we find ourselves with something no one seriously predicted: a Conservative majority government. Here is my assessment of how it happened and why education never really featured.”
“In my home city, there was a Baptist Church, which had an internal disagreement over an issue that was dividing churches up and down the country. Passions ran high. Scripture verses were quoted, for and against. It was so divisive that the church split in two, forming two congregations with buildings about 100 yards from each other. This disagreement was over whether the church should use an organ as part of their worship, a burning issue at the start of the twentieth century. Twenty years after splitting apart, the breakaway traditionalists changed their mind, and bought the organ, which the main church was now upgrading to a smarter model.”
“In my first post on this topic I noted that Australia’s education system was a federal system and I suggested that this might be relevant to the UK as it adopts a more federal approach. However, I must make it clear that the idea that education in Australia is completely decentralised is far from correct.”
“I remember, on my teaching practice, when I announced I had secured a job at an independent school, and ‘down South’ to boot, some colleagues refused to speak to me. A bit harsh when you’re 21. One colleague declared rather haughtily that she had worked for 18 years in what she described as ‘the roughest part in this city’, serving her time there, before she felt able to upgrade to a nice comprehensive in a smart suburb. But a private school, she almost spat the words at me, she would never countenance.”
We are always looking for contributions to this blog. While there are times when we’ll want something different, we’re always happy to be sent a blogpost that…
We are now very short of posts, and could well run out during this week. This is probably a mixture of post election low morale and being that time of term. Details of what we’re looking for and how to get it to us can be found in the last post on the above list. Also, if you are not actually a Labour supporter, we are looking for posts for Floating Voter Week (details under Monday above) and would love to hear from you.