How Billionaires Rule US Schools


Illuminating article and video interview with Joanne Barkan of Dissent magazine about about the lack of democratic accountability, business ideology and questionable science that characterises philanthropic interference in US and increasingly, UK education.      

Standards Raising Standards


Yesterday’s announcement of yet more tinkering with the magical world of teaching standards was accompanied by words of support from this season’s Yes Men and Women and some Rumsfeldesque comments by the Gove-nor himself. “Headteachers and teachers have told me in no uncertain terms that the current teachers’ standards are ineffective, meaningless and muddy, fluffy [...]

Changing Education Paradigms – Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

This Royal Society of Arts animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson. For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit his website [youtube][/youtube]

BBC Radio 5 Live listener takes on Michael Gove

Michael Gove

…& wins by a KO! Listen to the broadcast here: Gove getting a pasting on live BBC radio Charlie from Lewes, the radio listener, for Education Secretary?! He’ll do a much better job than journo Gove if this is anything to go by. We should say that we’re not supporting Charles’ opinion that headteachers rather [...]

Corporate Educational Language

Why Business People Speak Like Idiots

The Beeb tell us that a fifth of of secondary schools are ‘in the red’. How can a school be ‘in the red’? They are publicly-funded. They’re not businesses. Deficits are for companies. Schools should have enough money. The 6th largest economy in the world has enough money. There’s not a bottomless pit, obviously. But [...]

Teach First ‘Teachers’ on the Cheap

Living Wage

A little investigating goes a long way, and we didn’t have to look very far to discover paltry salaries for Teach First unqualified non-teachers. On the website of this ‘charity’, a very detailed breakdown is given of how young graduates will be exploited: “Unqualified Teachers pay scale from 1 September 2010 Minimum Annual Salary England [...]

Testing Lowers Standards

Scrooge Humbug

Have Gilbert and OfSTED had an epiphany and seen the light? Or knowing that her days as honcho are numbered is she getting her own back? For an organisation so determined to kowtow to politicians and hold on to power and funds, today’s Successful Science report is quite remarkable. In its report based on the [...]

Save the Education Maintenance Allowance


“Save the EMA – Get organised for 13 December 2010 The government intends to axe the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for college students in England. This will have a massive impact on those families in our communities who most need support to undertake education. The EMA is a means-tested allowance of between £10 and £30, [...]

Education Experts without Expertise


We’ve been having a look at Beeb ed journo Mike Baker’s profile. We note that the “award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and consultant, specialising in education” has many skills. Highly-educated Mike’s bio is, however, lacking one key thing. He has never been a teacher. He’s been to state school – whatever that means – but he’s [...]

Continuing Americanisation of UK Education


With the narrow victory for the Coalition of One over tuition fees and the rise of Teach First, it seems that the UK is moving ever closer to becoming the newest addition to the United States of America. Teach First is modelled on Teach For America and tuition fees are commonplace in the USA where [...]


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