Wednesday, 3 December 2014
SCHOOL DISCIPLINE; SHORT SKIRTS
There was abuse from parents on Facebook, Twitter and in the local newspaper.
A UK school in 1853.
Dr Fox believes in rules, detentions and exclusions.
One senior teacher “had refused to set homework because his working day finished at 2.40pm and he wouldn’t be able to mark it – as he was going sailing.”
As a result of Dr Fox’s new regime, the inspectors say that bullying is now ‘very rare’.
And, exclusions from school are half the national average.
“Now, because we know we’ll get detention, no one forgets their books. I think he’s done it for the right reason.
“The odd thing is, he’s not particularly strict in lessons. I’ve never even heard him shout.”
“Little homework was set, none was marked and pupils routinely walked out in the middle of lessons to smoke cigarettes.”
Within a year, Dr Fox had improved the results in external exams.
In one school, Dr Fox “discovered a group of special needs children had been left to colour in pictures.”
Dr Fox started teaching them to read and write.
Continued here: http://www.dailymail.
1. It sometimes seems that the elite are responsible for the sad state of some of our schools.
“Justice David Collins ruled that the Hastings school was wrong to suspend Lucan Battison, saying his disobedience wasn’t serious enough to warrant a suspension.”
Children copy their parents.
2. “One of the main reasons so many teachers leave after three to four years in the profession – is noisy and disruptive classrooms.
“Australian classrooms were ranked 34th out of 65 countries in a recent OECD survey that asked 15-year-old students to describe the levels of noise and disorder, the time it takes them to start working, whether they are able to work uninterrupted and whether they listen to the teacher.
“It found Australian classrooms, compared with those in places that achieve the best results in international tests, such as South Korea, Singapore, Japan and Shanghai, are noisier and more disruptive and more time is wasted as teachers try to establish control.”
3. A study, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, questioned more than 100,000 teachers across 34 countries.
The study found that in secondary schools in England unruly pupils are ‘ruining four in every ten lessons’.
Teachers in England spend an average of seven minutes in every lesson dealing with incidents of disorder.
Teachers in England are verbally abused and intimidated more often than in nearly all other countries.
In England, the level of disruption was the fifth highest among the countries studied.
Teachers in England taught the most children described as having special educational needs
4. Black pupils have achieved the biggest rise in test and exam results of any ethnic group including whites.
A report has found that social deprivation and the low aspirations of parents have caused low achievement among white, working-class pupils in England.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.
5. The best behaved school pupils are in Asian countries, such as Thailand, Singapore, China and Korea.
However, a headmaster once told us that if you take a child from one of these Asian countries and put them into a bad school in England or Australia, it may not be too long before that child starts to behave badly.
According to The Economist: “People who don’t get on … have the option of avoiding each other.”
Behaviour | The Economist
This is not true for most children when they are at school.
The typical school is like a weird sort of zoo – where all the animals are placed together in the one large cage.
According to The Economist: “It is probably not a good idea to put two animals with high dominance scores in the same enclosure.”
Behaviour | The Economist
Similarly, it is not a good idea put someone like Prince Charles into a school like Gordonstoun.
“A prison sentence,” was how Charles described Gordonstoun. “Colditz with kilts.”
“Like penal servitude,” agreed William Boyd, a Gordonstoun contemporary of Charles. “I happen to know, from his own lips, that Prince Charles utterly detested it.”
Ideally, children have a choice of schools and education styles.
My town used to have several small schools.
Now, sadly, there is only one giant school.
It is surely silly to have kids memorising huge quantities of dates and facts and figures, when such information is now available online.
Neil Carberry, director of employment and skills at the Confederation of British Industry, says that the UK government’s emphasis on rote learning might not be the best way to prepare pupils for employment.
According to Stephen Heppell, an education adviser to governments around the world:
“Schools should prepare pupils to interpret data and understand uncertainties.
“We need kids that can make things and do things, and that won’t happen by giving them a heap of facts.”
“There is no systematic use of the internet…
“Teachers still stand up in front of pupils and read out from their own lesson plans; kids still turn up to classrooms, sit behind desks and listen, taking notes..”
In the UK, 19.8% of school pupils have special educational needs
The EU average is 4%
Photo by Bert Hardy
Why does one child succeed in life, and another one ‘fail’?
In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough writes that what matters most is character skills.
These are skills such as self confidence, optimism, perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, and self-control.
In other words, emotional intelligence, as taught by good parents, good mentors and good private schools, is what matters.
Both rich children and poor children can lack emotional intelligence.
“Suniya Luthar, a psychologist at Columbia University found significant psychological problems at the high end of the income spectrum… These problems arise most often in those high-income homes where children feel simultaneously a great pressure to achieve and an emotional distance from their parents…”
‘How Children Succeed’ — Q&A with Paul Tough
“When this region is damaged – a common condition for children living amid the pressures of poverty – it is tougher to suppress unproductive instincts.”
School reform: Stay focused | The Economist
“Studies show that early nurturing from parents or caregivers helps combat the biochemical effects of stress.
The problem is – how does a child from a problem family find a good mentor?
The best mentors are often grandparents.
But not always.
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