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Priests, parents or the state: who should be responsible for children’s education? – Part 3: the role of parents

In Loco Parentis Throughout my teaching career the legal and professional advice to schools and individual teachers was at all times to act In Loco Parentis (as would a reasonable parent). This principle appears to give status to the role … Continue reading

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Priests, parents or the state: who should be responsible for children’s education? – Part 2: the role of the state

You can read Part 1 ‘The role of religion’ here. The first important step is to point out the difference between the state and the government. This is from what Robin Alexander wrote in the Cambridge Primary Review Trust blogĀ at … Continue reading

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Priests, parents or the state: who should be responsible for children’s education? – Part 1: the role of religion

These are profound issues about which there is little consensus in the UK. Elsewhere in the world states and societies are increasingly coming to radically different and conflicting conclusions. The history of public education in England This is a huge … Continue reading

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Greta Thunberg: what we can learn from her example

The following are my personal views arising from Greta’s words. On climate change Like Greta, I am with David Attenborough and the climate scientists. I actually believe Greta understates the seriousness of the crisis. It seems unlikely that the increase … Continue reading

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Greta Thunberg teaches us more than the truth about climate change

On 11 February 2019, Greta posted the following on her Facebook page. I am copying it here partly so I can link to it in future articles about education, but mainly because it is so inspiring that it brought tears … Continue reading

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What’s not to like?

When this question is asked by a politician, an unsolicited social media post, or someone selling you something, it is always wise to think about it very carefully. Here are some examples with answers in italics. Selling council houses to … Continue reading

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Is the mental health crisis in English schools being driven by the changes in teaching methods demanded by marketisation?

School refusal, school exclusions, self harm, drug culture, gang violence, social media and child suicides all appear to be linked, but there is no consensus on either the main causes, or effective responses, as is clear from this Guardian article. … Continue reading

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