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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jun, 2020 5:48 am 
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Norman Smith just on BBC News listing various ways other countries have re-opened schools, by providing more space, using PPE or investment in distance learning etc, only to go on to say that the UK government appears to have done little of that. "Will we be ready even by September?" The implication seems to be no if the government continues to ignore the issues. the BBC coming close to all out criticism.

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If the government put their minds to it, of course we could generally open schools successfully in the autumn even if the virus is still around by then.

But instead, they decided on a more or less arbitrary date in the customary pursuit of short term headlines, and when the real problems with that became clear used their faithful proxies in the press to attempt to start a full blown culture war with the teaching unions.

Typically shabby behaviour.


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It's interesting that the QCA and the exam boards are already talking about having to have alternative final assessment arrangements in place for next year.

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And people whining about Starmer in response to the schools news. Of course, an alternative reading is that his strategy didn't work out too badly after all.......


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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jun, 2020 12:42 pm 
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It's interesting that the QCA and the exam boards are already talking about having to have alternative final assessment arrangements in place for next year.

Other people are preparing the future of education ....

This is a stinker from the xxxxxxxxx's who bought up housing in the 2008 crash, evicted ETC

BLACKSTONE, PRIVATE EQUITY & the Future of Public Education
Tom White, Ben Jacob and Crystal Ma
8 June 2020


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" For its critics, the Schwarzman Centre is a lurid symbol of how wealthy universities can attract yet more money from billionaire donors, while turning a blind eye to the exploitation and disenfranchisement of vulnerable people across the world. To them, at a time when many universities face an uncertain future in the wake of COVID-19, and many of its own workers face redundancy, Oxford pushes ahead with its latest monument to disaster capitalism. The Centre is also indicative of For its critics, the Schwarzman Centre is a lurid symbol of how wealthy universities can attract yet more money from billionaire donors, while turning a blind eye to the exploitation and disenfranchisement of vulnerable people across the world. To them, at a time when many universities face an uncertain future in the wake of COVID-19, and many of its own workers face redundancy, Oxford pushes ahead with its latest monument to disaster capitalism. The Centre is also indicative of the growing role and influence of private equity firms in the arena of public education, where, even prior to the pandemic, many corporations were ‘looking aggressively’ to further embed their interests. the growing role and influence of private equity firms in the arena of public education, where, even prior to the pandemic, many corporations were ‘looking aggressively’ to further embed their interests. "


https://bylinetimes.com/2020/06/08/blac ... education/


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A UK government that is struggling in negotiations with the EU, seems unable to slow the collapse of public health measures and cannot handle staged reopening of schools is the UK government that will have to defend the survival of the UK Union from any Scottish nationalist surge


The Conservative and Unionist Party.

Reunification of Ireland is pretty much inevitable in the medium term, as well, after the Irish Sea border kicks in. NI trade will go N-S rather than E-W.
'No UK Prime Minister could ever agree to it'

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jun, 2020 2:19 pm 
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Afternoon all.

Well.

Coronavirus: Plan dropped for all primary pupils back in school

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52969679

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The plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term is to be dropped by the government.

There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break.

But it is no longer thought to be feasible and instead schools will be given "flexibility" over whether or not to admit more pupils.


We have children of key works and those thought vulnerable, and as many Y6 as wanted to come back but place in classes of 10. I have no idea how may there are but we didn't go for the YR, Y1, Y6 as they initially wanted.

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Seriously, this is a massive setback for them - and largely self-inflicted.


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Brilliant !

Donald Trump on the European Union, as expertly lip-synced by @sarahcpr

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The cartoon in the latest Private Eye regarding Trump and Twitter :)


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It appears that the BBC style guide suggests that rather than using the word "racist", one should say "anti-racism critic".

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Update

The headline about "anti-racism critics" is now "Black Lives Matter critics"


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Meanwhile the article with the headline about "Black Lives Matter critics" uses the phrase "left-wing critics".

It's a syntactic mess!


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Reminds me a bit of when the "cuts versus savings" debate was all the rage.....


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RogerOThornhill wrote:

Coronavirus: Plan dropped for all primary pupils back in school


The govt have had 3 months to think about this and they've done SFA. Pluck a target out of the air and shrug their shoulders when they fail to meet it.

The absolute worst part for me is hearing tory MPs and right-wing commentators bleating about the damaging effects on disadvantaged children, as if they cared.
We can tell they don't because if they did they'd actually have done something about it.
All they care about is people going back to work.

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The leader of Oxford city council wrote to Oxford University inviting it to apply for planning permission to remove the statue [of Rhodes]. The college, which has resisted pressure to remove the statue for years, said it opposes racism and discrimination in all its forms and that it was committed to “debate and discuss” the issues raised by the monument.

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To me this is a straightforward one, Rhodes is primarily known and remembered as an imperialist. Genuine "debate and discussion" would make that even more clear?


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Looking at the responses to the latest statue (that has only been in place since 1997) being removed, I'm fairly convinced that the political right have gone out of their fucking minds.

"Hey you can't move that statue that I never knew was there until just now!"

Edit - and apparently the sodding thing was in storage for 54 years before being put back in 1997!

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