Education, Education, Education: The Best Bits of Ted Wragg by E. C. Wragg

By E. C. Wragg

Whilst New Labour got here into place of work in 1997, its dedication to 'education, schooling, schooling' captured the mind's eye of the general public. This number of funny articles by means of Ted Wragg among 1998 to 2003 exposes the genuine country of schooling in this interval, while academic coverage was once by no means faraway from the headlines. nobody escapes Ted's sharp-shooting wit: from the 'blamers and shamers' who try and flip teacher-bashing right into a nationwide hobby to the 'pale coverage wonks' within the division of schooling, who factor average hare-brained projects from the mysterious 'Tony Zoffis'. break up into seven issue-focused chapters, this hilarious assortment might be a tonic for an individual discovering themselves not sure no matter if to chuckle or cry approximately contemporary advancements on this planet of schooling.

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It is the most crass form Cogs in the machine 51 of authoritarianism and it does not even have the virtue of being effective. You have nothing to lose but the yoke of stupidity. 14 February 2003 three Just testing . . One way of figuring out whether the education factory is producing enough sausage rolls is to apply tests. I use tests both in teaching and in my research, so I quite like them. But over the years I have also learned their limitations. It is a mistake to expect a single test to diagnose needs, sum up progress through the national curriculum, permit comparisons between schools, teachers or pupils, inform parents and employers, or tell the nation how we are doing this year compared with last year.

1. Two committees are set up to look at the problems of duplication. 48 Education, Education, Education 2. The Prime Minister’s education policies are drawn up by a journalist. 3. A school with one part-time pupil receives a full-scale Ofsted inspection. 4. Two political parties bombard schools with paperwork and then both say there is too much bureaucracy. Aaaargh! We have just completed an illegal operation and will be terminated. Log off. 17 January 2003 Cogs in the machine 49 When did Twigg’s mind snap?

Can you read out your list for me? Right – Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Morecambe and Wise, Hermann Goering, Donald Duck . ’ As a managerial strategy this is exceptionally unintelligent behaviour. Toot your horn and it switches direction, waddling amiably into your front bumper. It has an uncanny knack of doing the exact opposite of what it should do. If you produced a gun it would probably perch on the end of the barrel and peer down it. I read recently about a group of scientists trying to map out the brain of a mouse.

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