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by bwking
Wed May 16, 2007 12:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Active steps taken to encourage teacher music literacy
Replies: 13
Views: 1659

Yes Geraldine, I think the re-introduction of basic music teaching into infant/primary schools would be a real proof that any government was really determined to distribute the essential components of a liberal education to all the people. There is only so far you can get with lessons in clapping an...
by bwking
Mon May 07, 2007 1:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Commercial SP programmes: sort 'em out
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

It's surely worth a complaint from a member of our management through the usual channels, isn't it?

B.
by bwking
Mon May 07, 2007 1:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Commercial SP programmes: sort 'em out
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

The Dept. put a few companies up for a couple of days and then whip them away, only to replace them with another few. You would have thought the rational thing would have been to have a CUMULATIVE list of firms, wouldn't you? But then, who am I using RATIONAL about?...unless of course (shock horror)...
by bwking
Sat May 05, 2007 11:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Commercial SP programmes: sort 'em out
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

Go to 'choosing a phonics programme' on the l. hand side.
Then, 'publishers (and their programmes)', ditto.

B.
by bwking
Sat May 05, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Commercial SP programmes: sort 'em out
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

Ok, maybe it works without the 'http': they didn't quote it.

B.
by bwking
Sat May 05, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Commercial SP programmes: sort 'em out
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

Commercial SP programmes: sort 'em out

In today's TES there was a notice from the DfES that they had published the first 18 of their (now unendorsed) commercial programmes for the delectation of liberated teachers.

Hit http.www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/phonics

Brian
by bwking
Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The humane impulse
Replies: 3
Views: 1062

The humane impulse

I have just been watching a couple of US cable tv series on animal cruelty. The salient point is that all the people involved sincerely believed they were doing the best for the animals, even though there were deformations, chronic diseases etc. taking place before their scientifically-ignorant eyes...
by bwking
Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Don't count on osmosis to impart written language skills'
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Just makes you wonder how many legal documents throughout the anglophone world are actually nonsense, if analysed in any detail - or will be within a couple of decades, because there is NOBODY LEFT capable of grammatical analysis, or accurate spelling. Then I guess the legal world slowly declines in...
by bwking
Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: No Discipline - No Learning
Replies: 11
Views: 1529

While the govt. insists that things can only get better, or at least as soon as they've sorted this tempororary glitch with literacy, there is the reality that in the state schools as a whole up to 55% GCE entrants fail to obtain the minimum marks for literacy and numeracy competence - on this exam'...
by bwking
Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's the history of the 'schwa' ?
Replies: 41
Views: 5224

Sorry, for 'aliens' read 'forcibly transported Africans'.

Brian
by bwking
Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's the history of the 'schwa' ?
Replies: 41
Views: 5224

The tragedy of the creoles (they exist in several European, colonialist languages) is that they were created by necessity by illiterate recently-tribal aliens to get by with the masters and their institutions, centuries before the idea of teaching literacy to the workers emerged. And their legacy co...
by bwking
Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's the history of the 'schwa' ?
Replies: 41
Views: 5224

Tricia, I have to disagree about Jamaican creole being 'the accent of disaffection', as though it was a deliberate choice in most cases. These kids were born into households speaking some level of creole (the proper/technical term for 'patois') and naturally absorbed it as their first language. Then...
by bwking
Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Steiner, the EY debate and the teaching of reading (long)
Replies: 7
Views: 1803

What a sad little phrase emerged from one of these organisations for the Steiner-crippled: 'perfect English is not necessary [if you're considering whether to write in]'.

Brian
by bwking
Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's the history of the 'schwa' ?
Replies: 41
Views: 5224

Late response Dick: what are the differences between the pronunciation of 'rah', 'hurrah' and, for that matter, 'shwah' - even in Webster-land? I appreciate that they may often ALL approximate to a lengthened flat/short /a/.

Brian