Why do teachers go on strike?

On October 17th the main teaching unions in England have organised a day of strikes (also known as industrial action, or walkouts) that will shut most schools and cause a good deal of disruption to the daily routines of millions of people across the country. However, this week alone teacher strikes have also been witnessed […]

Gove’s GCSE Reform Speech: Our View

With much anticipation, we listened yesterday afternoon to England Education Secretary, Michael Gove’s, statement to the House of Commons on his proposed reforms to the current nationwide GCSE examination. We were listening not only for the predictable bitchiness that accompanies any statement Gove makes to the Commons but also for anything that educationalists like ourselves […]

The NeverEnding Story of Educational Reform: UK PM Callaghan’s Ruskin College Speech, Oct 1976

For those who think Gove or any other politician is the answer to our educational problems (whatever they may be), perhaps excerpts from the text of the speech by Prime Minister James Callaghan, at a foundation stone-laying ceremony at Ruskin College, Oxford, on October. 18 1976 will make you think again. The speech proved to […]

United Opt Out National: Occupy the DOE in DC

Occupy the DOE in DC will take place from March 30 to April 2, 2012 at the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave, SW , Washington, DC, 20202, United States. United Opt Out National endorses Occupy Wall Street by creating ACTION in solidarity. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST FOR ALL INFORMATION ON THE OCCUPATION. […]

Parents Opting Out: The Beginning Of The End For Standardised Testing?

Too early to say, of course, but the actions of one Pennsylvania woman give us hope that the days of factory education are coming to an end. State College, Pennsylvania (CNN) — A Pennsylvania mother has decided she does not want her two children to take the two-week-long standardized tests given by her state as part […]

‘Private firm gets failing grade’

A Seattle Times article on McKinsey & Company’s strategy for public education clearly demonstrates what misery and trouble is in store for UK education if the management consultants get their way. “POP quiz: (We hope you’ve been paying attention because this is a high-stakes test; wrong answers may lead to the dismantling of our schools.) […]

Man in the Middle

If you ever wondered who is/was responsible for Education Policy in the UK then look no further than this man… Education Reform Lessons from England An Interview with Sir Michael Barber Publication Date: January 13, 2006 England’s education system has undergone rapid and ambitious reform in the past decade. In 1997, a newly-elected Labour government, […]

Alfie Kohn

The Case Against “Tougher Standards” By Alfie Kohn People who talk about educational “standards” use the term in different ways. Sometimes they’re referring to guidelines for teaching, the implication being that we should change the nature of instruction — a horizontal shift, if you will. (In the case of the standards drafted by the National […]


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