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BABBLE ON…

By ATWadmin On January 28th, 2009 at 8:08 am

Here is the state of State education in Britain after years of multiculturalism and unlimited immigration…

“There are now ten state schools in England without a single pupil who speaks English as his or her first language. Research reveals that there are almost 600 primary schools where 70 per cent or more of youngsters normally speak a foreign language. Across the country, one in seven pupils aged 4-11 does not have English as the first language, which is the equivalent of 466,620 children. But, following years of unprecedented levels of migration, ten schools have now reached a point where every youngster falls into this category.”

Shocking but sadly all too predictable. Close them down.

A DEGREE IN FUTILITY?

By ATWadmin On January 14th, 2009 at 8:14 am

Back when I was graduating from University, jobs were few on the ground. The UK was emerging from the devastation created by years of socialist government and companies were realigning their recruitment policies and it was tough to get a decent job. In my mind there was one quality that helped me – persistence. (You may have noticed it in my approach here on ATW!) Times change, but things stay the same. And after years of socialists in government, the news is that the jobs market for graduates is set to become much tougher, suggests a survey of leading employers.

A survey by High Fliers Research of 100 firms found recruitment targets had been cut by 17% for this year. The economic downturn had particularly hit financial sector recruitment, with 47% fewer graduate entry-level jobs.

The problem here is that because government has a freakish ideological commitment to force 50% of young people through university, more and more are coming out with degrees that are worth less and less. This means the attraction to an employer is reduced and the salary the graduate could command is ameliorated. Now, as we enter recession, this is accentuated even further. So the system spits out greater number of graduates chasing fewer and fewer jobs that pay less and less. Some achievement! A degree if futility care of the lousy government and my commiserations to the graduates who will struggle to find any job of any value. But I am sure that if they try hard enough they will succeed in the long run but it is the ideologues in political power who are creating employment chimeras for graduates to chase.

GOLDEN HANDCUFFED MR CHIPS?

By ATWadmin On January 13th, 2009 at 9:00 am

It smacks of an odd combination of desperation and class warfare, if you’ll pardon the pun. I refer to the news that “good teachers” are to be offered £10,000 in loyalty payments to attract them to England’s toughest schools, under government plans. Ministers hope the move, part of plans to improve social mobility, will boost achievement among disadvantaged pupils. From September, 500 of the most challenging secondaries will be able to offer the “golden handcuffs”. Schools in challenging circumstances can struggle to attract and keep talented teachers in shortage subjects. Currently maths and science teachers are offered “golden hellos” worth £5,000 because of a national shortage. (Whether these maths and science teachers can actually teach, is, of course, irrelevant to government thinking, it is a pure numbers game they are engaged in here)

Just a few points. The greatest barrier to the “social mobility” that Labour drones on about is….Labour!  It is the insane radical egalitarianism that drives Government policy that is the core issue here. The destruction of English Grammar schools, a key Labour achievement, has ensured that the chances of bright young working class kids climbing to the top of the ladder have been reduced. It is the “Human Rights” legislation that Labour declares as a fantastic achievement that has turned the class-room into more of a war-room, with teachers scared to prevent bullying, and violence. It is the “Immigration policy” of this government which has turned class-rooms into latter day towers of Babble – where limited resources are now going to the likes of Urdu translation.Social mobility has to be DIRECTLY linked to meritocracy and that concept is anathema to the radical egalitarians in power who have created the very problem they complain about so vociferously!

A SEX CLINIC IN EVERY SCHOOL…

By ATWadmin On January 5th, 2009 at 8:08 am

Zanulabour’s continuted conversion of our schools into laboratories for social engineering continues apace with the news that sexual health clinics could soon be open in every secondary school and college in the land.

All pupils would have easy access to emergency contraception and pregnancy testing without their parents being told.  Around a third of secondary schools in England – almost 1,000 – already have clinics. Some are mobile units shared by a number of schools. Now an influential study, commissioned by the Government, has recommended extending the coverage to all state secondaries and colleges in a drive to cut teenage pregnancies. Advocates of the approach say children can be deterred from seeking sexual health services if they have to travel to community centres.

You can be certain that the expansion of sex clinics to every school will most certainly contribute to the increase in teenage pregnancies and sexually acquired disease which in turn will make this demented and repugnant government decide perhaps we need such sex clinics in Primary Schools as well. Ever downwards, into the gutter.

A LESSON IN SICKNESS!

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Something is very wrong in our schools. In essence, British teachers are taking an excessive and ever growing number of days off sick.

“Teachers are calling in sick at the rate of 15,000 a day. Almost three million working days were lost last year, up from 2.5million in 1999. Some 311,000 teachers took at least one day off. Tories called the official figures ‘very worrying’, linking them with mounting bureaucracy and disruptive classroom behaviour. The Government’s school workforce statistics, which cover full and part-time teachers and classroom assistants, show the average number of sick days has risen from 5.1 a head in 1999 to 5.4 in 2007. The overall number of days lost was 2.9million. This equates to almost 15,000 teachers off sick on each school day. The total of 311,770 who took sickness absence is well over half the number working in English schools.”

Is it government bureaucracy that makes them ill? No. They take the time off because they CAN! When did you last read about a teacher being sacked for incompetence? Unfortunately the work ethic is largely absent from a significant number of teachers. That’s a sober lesson to contemplate.

BIG BROTHER IN THE CLASS ROOM..

By ATWadmin On December 28th, 2008 at 11:49 am

The alarming state of decay that British schools have fallen into becomes manifest in the news that schools are now installing CCTV cameras and microphones in classrooms to watch and listen to pupils as young as four.

The Big Brother-style surveillance is being marketed as a way to identify pupils disrupting lessons when teachers’ backs are turned. Classwatch, the firm behind the system, says its devices can be set up to record everything that goes on in a classroom 24 hours a day and used to compile ‘evidence’ of wrongdoing. The equipment is sold with Crown Prosecution Service-approved evidence bags to store material to be used in court cases. The microphones and cameras can be used during lessons and when a classroom is unattended, such as during lunch breaks.

What does this say about the lack of discipline in our schools? When we need CCTV to stop young kids wreaking havoc something is very wrong. I believe these problems all start in the home, not the school. The breakdown in the traditional family unit is leading to all sorts of problems one of the most obvious being a generation of feral kids with no manners, no sense of self-respect and no desire to exercise restraint. This brutal youth is in our class-rooms, teachers can do little lest they find themselves up in court accused of Human Rights breaches, and so we now end up with Big Brother spying on little brother and his pals.

HEY TEACHER – LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2008 at 9:13 am

The ongoing obliteration of academic learning from our class-rooms continues apace.

“Traditional subjects such as history, geography and religious studies will be removed from the primary school curriculum and merged into a “human, social and environmental” learning programme as part of a series of radical education reforms. Under the plans, information technology classes would be given as much prominence as literacy and numeracy, and foreign languages would be taught in tandem with English.”

It gets better. You see those very wise educationalists, of whom I am so fond, have figured that kids need to gain better social skills and improved “emotional well-being” – so there is less time for reading, writing and arithmetic. It makes so much sense, doesn’t it?  Perhaps we could entirely remove the key elements of education from the curriculum and substitute lessons on climate change, the need for a bigger State, and the importance of voting for Labour?

TWO TEACHERS….

By ATWadmin On November 8th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I found this to be an interesting story. Teacher 1: Watches Porn during School Time. Teacher 2: Looks at BNP Web Site. Who Gets sacked? Read the rest here. I carry no flame for the BNP but see this as gross hypocrisy on behalf of the educational establishment. Don’t you?

GRADE INFLATION CONFIRMED BY ACADEMICS, REJECTED BY POLITICIANS!

By ATWadmin On October 25th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Did you see the according to a poll by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine, a striking 77 per cent of the 500 university academics surveyed said that they had felt ‘coerced’ into awarding higher degree grades than they believed the students deserved. Most significantly, in a damning indictment on degree class standards, the poll found that 69 per cent of university academics didn’t regard the increase in the number of firsts and upper seconds as a reflection of a rise in academic standards. The editor of the THE, Ann Mroz, concurred with this finding: ‘Our [THE] readers told us that the increase in top degree classifications awarded over the past decade is less an indication of improving standards and more of pressure for constant improvement from Whitehall that has led to distortion of the system.’

Naturally, the Zanulabour politburo deny the evidence of those who actually grade the examinations. Mr Lammy says there has been no distortion and that the tractor production numbers have exceeded all records.

LUDDITE EDUCATION…

By ATWadmin On October 22nd, 2008 at 5:22 pm

I see that Education Minister Caitríona Ruane aka “The Ruanator”  has held talks with Roman Catholic grammar school principals on their plans to retain a form of academic selection. The Catholic Heads Association had accused the Department of Education of offering ..ahem….”limited leadership”. They made no comment after the talks, described as constructive by Ms Ruane!

“I am convinced that academic selection is both wrong and immoral and I am determined to continue to pursue a course of action to end it,” she said. Yeah, and she was convinced that three IRA men on the run from the Colombian authorities were ..eco-tourists.

Poor Ruane – she has no concept of morality, right or wrong – but her kneejerk luddism as regards academic based selection is a wonder to behold.