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Nick Clegg Says Royal Yacht Not Top Of Priority List

Nick Clegg Says Royal Yacht Not Top Of Priority List

Commented Jan 16, 2012 at 08:29:40 in UK Politics

“How much more of a loose cannon can Gove become before the penny drops? The man is a dangerous lunatic.”
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Learning Like Never Before

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 08:05:32 in Education

“It is an exciting time to be in education, unless, like me, you live in the UK where the government's policy is not so much "Back to the Future" but more like "Forward to the Past". We have a new performance measure called the English Baccalaureate. It's difficult to describe, because it's not an examination or a qualification, but simply a recognition that 16 year olds have achieved good examination passes in English (language, not literature) maths, science, history or geography and a foreign language. As a result, many schools have narrowed their curricula to accommodate this performance measure with one eye firmly on their league table position. Arts subjects are threatened, and there is no place for technology. It is curriculum design by league table, with a strong emphasis on teaching, imparting knowledge and facts in an attempt to replicate the provision of a 1950s private or grammar school. Many of us feel like prophets in the wilderness. We support the work of people like Sir Ken Robinson in the field of creativity, and we'd prefer a focus on learning and how nes technologies can support and enhance the experience for students, but with a government almost exclusively made up of products of the private school-Oxbridge system, we don' thold out much hope.”