I have to be honest, I have only recently become comfortable with a 10 year old version of Dreamweaver so to be launched into developing websites based on word press has been a challenge to say the least. I am following a course by the talented John Thornhill who has the most wonderful Geordie accent. The fact is we have to move with the times and that means we have to have an active media presence and that means being visible, hence the need for a blog.
This blog will be personal and will not reflect my business or my broadcasting interests. In particular I will be talking about politics and how it reflects on education. As a former teacher I am astounded at how badly we and I do mean we, treat our teachers.
Teachers are our investment in future prosperity.
Far too many politicians from all parties fail to understand the needs of the economy and how the education system needs to be designed to serve the needs of the economy. I wince with pain when I hear politicians talking rubbish about education. Far too many politicians want to provide our children with the same type of education that the politicians themselves experienced as children. In Wales we have people like Andrew RT Davies saying that we should bring back the best of Grammar Schools. Just what were the best bits of grammar schools? This is the pap that needs to be discouraged. If grammar schools were so good, why did the Tories ( yes it was the Tories) close them down? Either they were wrong then or they are wrong now.
Let me put my cards on the table, comprehensive education in the U.K. has been a major success. It removed artificial barriers that stopped ordinary children from ordinary families from achieving. However the economy has changed and so the school system has to change and move forwards not backwards as some suggest.
The state system has to open doors for ordinary students from ordinary families. That is the challenge politicians have to grapple with and many of them are making a real dog’s breakfast of it. In this blog I will be making a case for change that does not cost the Earth and will work.
I will also be linking to my business interests in educational media and publishing.
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