Nick Gibb is going to stamp out verbal homophobic bullying | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

Nick Gibb says in the Mail that he’s going to stamp out homophobic bullying including the discriminatory use of the word ‘gay’. He wants to do that in schools. To do that he’ll need to enlist the support of teachers.

1. This assumes that teachers don’t do their best to discuss and eliminate discriminatory language.
2. It overlooks the fact that Labour councils and the NUT have over the years tried to take up issues of discriminatory language across the board. For this they got abuse and mockery from the Tory press and Tory MPs. This was part of the Equal Opportunities programme which was in…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2vQDxK0

Nick Gibb is going to stamp out verbal homophobic bullying | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

Nick Gibb says in the Mail that he’s going to stamp out homophobic bullying including the discriminatory use of the word ‘gay’. He wants to do that in schools. To do that he’ll need to enlist the support of teachers.

1. This assumes that teachers don’t do their best to discuss and eliminate discriminatory language.
2. It overlooks the fact that Labour councils and the NUT have over the years tried to take up issues of discriminatory language across the board. For this they got abuse and mockery from the Tory press and Tory MPs. This was part of the Equal Opportunities programme which was in…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2vQDxK0

Imagine a government commission on writing… | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

Imagine a government setting up a commission to discuss ‘writing in primary schools’. 

Surveying the scene at present it would see that a key factor in writing were the SATs and in particular the GPS (formerly the SPaG tests at KS1 and KS2). (Translating the jargon here: the spelling, punctuation and grammar tests  for 6/7 year olds and for 10/11 year olds.)

These are a key factor because teachers have to prove that children reach ‘expected levels’. These expected levels require teachers to teach aspects of the spelling, punctuation and grammar as part of what equals ‘good writing’. To take…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2sPjMSa

Imaginary TV programme to explain the hoax of money, deficit and low wages. | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

This is an imaginary TV programme.

First of all, they show national economics and financing as politicians and commentators describe it:
‘balancing the books’; ‘not spending beyond our means’ and all that.

Perhaps this could be done with person sitting in a room doing his or her accounts and then going off to the shops and saying, “Oh no, I can’t afford that…’ 

Then it would show the ‘Exchequer’ – also as a room – and the Chancellor doing the nation’s accounts. 

Now this would be quite different. 

1. To borrow money, the Chancellor would be seen to ‘issue bonds’ which people would come…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2tLW9wU

‘Why Writing Matters’ | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

[This is the talk I gave for the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library to celebrate the first National Writing Day, June 21, 2017.]

[You may use any part of the speech so long as you credit me! If you wish to reproduce the whole speech, please get in touch with me through my agent cogunbanjo@unitedagents.co.uk or cwalker@unitedagents.co.uk )

We cannot know everything. We cannot remember everything. Each of us cannot know everything there is to know about ourselves. Each of us cannot know everything there is to know about everyone else.

For much of the time, this…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2rYdIW5

A firefighter who attended Grenfell tower has written this: | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

[This piece of writing is up on the Facebook ‘Save the Fire Service’ page and begins with ‘Sent to us at STUKFS, powerful and emotional story from a firefighter who attended Grenfell Tower’]STUKFS = Save the UK Fire Service

I’m not sure if this is something that I should vocalise or whether or not it should be shared with the world but as I sit at home thinking about the other night the Grenfell Tower I feel like people might want to know how the incident went from the point of view of a firefighter who was sent inside, while the tower burned all around us and how after years of cuts to…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2sfJ2D1

Poetry in Primary Schools 6 | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

Writing

1. I’ve written two books on how to help children write poems: ‘Did I Hear You Write?’ published first by Andre Deutsch and then by Five Leaves Press. You can find it in libraries or second hand on line. 

The second one is much more recent and is published by Walker Books. It’s called ‘What is Poetry? An Essential Guide for Reading and Writing Poems.’ It is available to order through any bookshop, it’s in libraries and you can find it online. 

In this book I talk about some classic poems and how they’re put together and how I respond to them. I talk about some poems that…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2rK6KUP