This should be fun.
Private schools are much smaller, have smaller class sizes and can operate in a less stressful environment. I really don't see a 10 hour day in an inner city comp with class sizes of 30+ being indistinguishable from a private school.
This should be fun.
The point that Gove is seemingly missing is that there are multiple reasons private schools traditionally fare better than state; it stands to reason that if parents are paying for their child's education, they'll take more of an interest in it (that is not to say that all parents who send their children to state school don't care, but that parents who don't care most likely do send their children to state schools). Class sizes are smaller, allowing more one to one time and less distractions. Staff pay is higher allowing the schools to pick the cream of the crop in terms of teachers. There's generally an entrance exam meaning the worst performing students don't get through the door in the first place.
There are so many reasons that this latest dribble from Gove makes no sense, but I don't think anyone outside his office is even questioning that.
Now I have actually read the article I am even more convinced that that he is astoundingly out of touch. "He said school plays, sports clubs, orchestras and debating competitions helped to "build character and instil grit"." How many schools don't have all this going NOW? Coupled with the increasing trend for Breakfast clubs to offer Wrap Around care and it's already happening.
But then again this could be Mr Gove following the example of his task master and deliberately mis-leading the debate. Extending the school day and after school clubs are two entirely different things. We need to know what he's actually talking about before we can decide. But then again, so does Mr Gove.
Tecchies probably won't be affected to any greater degree than they are now. And there's always the 48 hour/week opt out . Until this co-attrition decide to abolish that too.
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Excellent, it's going to be like when I was working in the entertainment industry...38 hours at work had come and gone by wednesday lunchtime! I always felt like a part timer doing 9-5.
Does anyone remember what Carmeron said over and over and over again in his election run up? He will "cut 1%, that's £1 in every £100 to get this country back on it's feet". Now, consider that all MPs have access to the office of National Statisitcs, He cannot say "opps... Look what labour left us! I only found out how bad it was when I got into office!". Did he get his figures THAT wrong? He's now making cuts totalling 40%. Should someone who got it wrong by 3900% really be running the country? If a teacher predicted that 40% of their students would get C or above and only 1 did (the same margin of error as Mr Cameron) what would their ofsted inspector say?
yes and naturally flying pigs have been spotted...and their wings taste delicious!
Anyway, here's the rub on this one I think:
"So a future Conservative Government would help state schools - just like independent schools - to offer a school day 9 or 10 hours long - allowing time for structured homework sessions, prep, which will be particularly helpful for those children who come from homes where it's difficult to secure the peace and quiet necessary for hard study."
Help how and with what? To be honest, if there's already an acknowledgement at this stage that some degree of assistance is required - be it in additional staff, resources, money in general - then in principle I've no objection. Whatever decisions this Coalition makes they're often not too bad at sending them out for consultation first, so that would be our opportunity as IT staff to jump in and point out the impact on ourselves and the services we run. The same goes for shorter summer holidays.
If he wants the state schools to be more like private schools - I say the bottom performing quartile of kids in the state sector should be transferred to the private sector and the top performing quartile of the private school kids to the state sector and then we'd see how the league tables looked ;-)
More seriously - I've just read "The Blunders Of Our Governments" (interesting book by the way) and Gove's proposals (and I realise he was mostly grandstanding to his own party...but...) closely follow the stages that are outlined in the book for creating a big blunder - namely he surrounds himself with "Yes" men, doesn't like to hear or take on board any opposing ideas, likes to get swiftly from an idea to actuality without thinking much about the practicalities and doesn't expect to be in the same job for much longer to take the blame or pick up the pieces when it all goes tits up...
Just a thought...
I know some of the stuff Gove comes out with is a bit much but I can't help feel sometimes people dismiss what he says out of hand because he is Gove and/or a Tory. Education (and State education particularly) has always been left leaning so there will be a natural antipathy to the Tories but it doesn't mean it's all rubbish.
A working parent might think a ten hour school day is magnificent, imagine a parent who works 8 hours a day, when you include a commute it's more like 9 hours. This would mean no childcare costs which would save an awful lot of money?
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