When to do ‘grammar’? | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

A rational way to do grammar at Primary level: noun, adjective, adverb, clause. The rest can wait till Secondary when comparing and learning languages and/or talking abstractly in English lessons about ‘language’ – just as we don’t do calculus, and chemical formulae till Secondary.

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Recent squibs on education | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

The thing is people didn’t know how to use emojis until the govt produced the Emoji Curriculum.

In the name of ‘raising standards’ but in reality bullying education into being a weapon in international competitiveness wars, the govt has unitised and monetised education. We shld reply with humanistic values to this onslaught.

Hey 4 year old, you are not a ‘4 year old’, you are a ‘stage’ , a developmental unit, a score on the way to being another score, a place on a graph, a monitored level, a number less than or more than another number…

“With his dark blue furry just-fitting,…

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Let’s bully state education with ‘social mobility’! | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

State education is used and bullied by people claiming to want ‘social mobility’ when 3 things are designed specifically to prevent any form of level playing field: a) tax evasion/tax havens b) private education c) inherited wealth. State education can’t beat those three!

And let’s not forget that the whole idea of ‘social mobility’ is based on a mythic idea that the people down below can and will ‘move up’ a ladder but why would people up above ‘move down’ the ladder to give them room? The point is a) tax evasion/tax havens b) private education c) inherited wealth are designed to prevent…

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Let’s make 4 year olds into GCSE apprentices | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

1. Create international tables which claim to be able to compare a country’s level or standard of education.
2. Make it hard for people to find out how the samples who are tested are selected. Rely on the media to ignore it anyway.
3. Produce league tables which do not make instantly clear that the differences between placings on the table are sometimes tiny. Rely on the media to ignore this.
4. Ignore the fact that a tiny sample taking the test cannot and do not represent a whole country’s educational ‘standard. Rely on the media to do the ignoring.
5. Use the tables as a means by which to…

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Why didn’t Nick Gibb and the Government do all they could to bring this about? | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

“Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20-year study led by Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno associate professor of sociology and resource economics.

For years, educators have thought the strongest predictor of attaining high levels of education was having parents who were highly educated. But, strikingly, this massive study showed that the difference between being raised in a bookless home compared to being raised in…

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Interpretation – not limited to ‘retrieval’ and ‘inference’ | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

The SATs comprehension questions are limited to ‘retrieval’, ‘inference’, chronology and presentation. In fact, ‘interpretation’ is a more flexible, nuanced and more profound response than is allowed by SATs comprehension questions.

Retrieval: ‘Billy had a blue hat. What colour was his hat?’ 
‘Blue’ ‘Correct’. 
‘It was raining. Why was he wearing a hat?’ ‘Because he supports Chelsea.’ ‘Wrong, that’s interpretation’. Inference says ‘Because it was raining’ is the one correct answer allowed.

If children choose books and read them for pleasure, they effortlessly absorb the patterns,…

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