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by bwking
Fri Jun 29, 2007 11:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Better Exam Results are Smoke and Mirrors....
Replies: 15
Views: 2032

This old ex-commie is turning more 'right-wing' every day...
Brian
by bwking
Fri Jun 29, 2007 11:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Welsh Inspectorate blame parents for poor literacy
Replies: 3
Views: 837

The Welsh dropping testing can only remove them further from finding out where literacy teaching is going wrong, in which schools.

Brian
by bwking
Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: National Curriculum Tests
Replies: 16
Views: 4452

The point is that if the current head of the GTCE is right and the Commons Ed. Select Committee is persuaded by them to drop testing per se (there's 'not a lot of difference between my authority and ministers') (original article), these arguments about exactly which tests should be used and when wil...
by bwking
Sat Jun 23, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: National Curriculum Tests
Replies: 16
Views: 4452

Sorry: that's below the article, second link down.

Brian
by bwking
Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: National Curriculum Tests
Replies: 16
Views: 4452

Thanks Dick: very ominous. And what's that Gordon Brown at, setting up 'a National Council for Educational Excellence to oversee the direction education would take' under his new regime? Depends if there are a majority of folk on it who can recognise a turkey when they see it. 'Independent' of veste...
by bwking
Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Synthetic Phonics in Carriacou and Petite Martinique
Replies: 30
Views: 4055

That's extraordinary, Elizabeth. Congratulations.

I can't help thinking the endorsement of Synthetic Phonics by the British government, thanks to the Sir Jim report, will have had some effect here, and will have the same effect in many other anglophone countries sooner or later.

Brian
by bwking
Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Social Class and Educational Attainment
Replies: 22
Views: 6082

Maizie, Surely the answer, in a well-run school, is that after all the children have had a good grounding in text de-coding they are introduced to texts and then books which get them into advanced code and grammar - AND INCREASINGLY VARIED VOCABULARY, INCREASINGLY LESS EVERYDAY WORDS, fixed in their...
by bwking
Wed Jun 13, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Social Class and Educational Attainment
Replies: 22
Views: 6082

I'm sorry Jim, but I continue to support Dick's relentlessly logical (if sometimes technically overtaxing) and down-home debunking of such loose liberal reports as this. Quizzing the 3-year olds: it's on a par with the latest govt. Early Years curriculum and compliance observations. I contrast it wi...
by bwking
Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Step by Step Reading' review
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

'Step by Step Reading' review

I have just read Alice Coleman's review of this recent publication of Mona McNee's reading scheme by Galore Park, a respected educational publisher, in the QES journal. She rates it the best reading scheme available, with an average daily improvement rate of 3.7 days in reading age, compared with ev...
by bwking
Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Progressive phonics hijackers: too thick to convince?
Replies: 3
Views: 1129

Progressive phonics hijackers: too thick to convince?

We have condemned the progressives/whole languagers/constructivists for their being 'loony', ie abandoned to the romantic, philanthropic view of bringing littlies up towards real literacy, which has led them to a subjective approach to the accompaniment (not the instruction) of their charges on this...
by bwking
Mon May 28, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The chilling surveillance of Early Years
Replies: 4
Views: 1879

I definitely feel that Early Years is now being taken as the main opportunity left for progressives/constructivists to spread their false and poisonous ideology. As I witnessed in a Teachers' TV prog, the traditional 'observing' of the littlies to ascertain what their particular tastes and desires m...
by bwking
Wed May 23, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Commercial SP programmes: sort 'em out
Replies: 9
Views: 1650

It certainly looks more like the cumulative list I was advocating in my message above, but by no means an exhaustive one apparently. I suppose anyone can get a programme put on it, especially if you stick 'synthetic' in the title - even Sue Palmer! I wonder whether all you have to do is write in wit...
by bwking
Thu May 17, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Gordon Brown and education
Replies: 3
Views: 760

There are other dangers for the tender growths of SP-founded education: the progfessors' continuing interference means that the new system may be taught half-heartedly, or improperly if poor training has been given; the system chosen may not be a legitimate one, especially if the DfES website only f...
by bwking
Thu May 17, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Gordon Brown and education
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Gordon Brown and education

So, Gordon will become prime minister next month. His past rhetoric about the raising of standards for all has not done anything for the kids most in need, particularly when he supports reactionary systems of 'remediation' like Reading Recovery as well. His new position will presumably allow him to ...
by bwking
Wed May 16, 2007 10:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Active steps taken to encourage teacher music literacy
Replies: 13
Views: 1740

But, Ken, where's the bridge between highly enjoyable vocal and percussive music and the seriously technical business of music notation? In private and grammar schools many/most of the naturally talented will be scouted out and be possibly multi-instrumental by the end of primary school. I don't thi...