Seth Grodin on Education

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Check out this TED Talk from Seth Grodin on the future of education.

It’s hard-hitting and thought-provoking and questions the way we’re teaching our kids, especially in terms of getting them ready for the real world.

Michael Gove should take notice of this.

Watch it HERE

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Melody Hossaini at Cheslyn Hay High School

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It’s great when we get some celebrities into schools. Melody Hossaini has been a supporter for a while and always inspires the young people with her energy and commitment. Check this video of her in action at our recent Social Enterprise Challenge at Cheslyn Hay High School.

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Meet Melody Hossaini at Cheslyn Hay High School – 24th April 2013

Melody Hossaini, contestant on BBC TVs The Apprentice, will be appearing at our Year 10 Business Challenge at Cheslyn Hay High School on Wednesday 24th April 2013.

We are delivering a Social Enterprise Challenge and Melody will be there to explain what SE is and judge pupil presentations to help choose the winning team.

Volunteers from the local business community are more than welcome to attend. Go here to register!

Welfare payments and school grades

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An interesting article in today’s Times about Tennessee discussing the link between school grades and welfare payments. They are suggesting cutting payments to families of kids with low grades.

I can see what they’re trying to do but families on low incomes tend to be the worst educated, so how are they supposed to help their kids do better at school?

Perhaps they could encourage their kids to go to school more often, encourage them to do their best, help them to identify future careers.

Maybe cutting benefits is the only way to make this happen. There again, it’s another way for governments to save money by pushing more people into poverty.

Good intention but bad idea!  Try again Tennessee

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article3732416.ece

Literacy and Numeracy in schools – Michael Gove

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Michael Gove makes some good points about raising Literacy and Numeracy standards in schools. It won’t hurt to push the kids a bit harder on these subjects but we can’t have schools turned into sausage factories of kids learning stuff they won’t need in future.

Back in the Fifties we needed to teach young people to go into factories or administration jobs. The new world economy demands a lot more creativity and self-starters. I don’t see why the two things can’t go hand in hand. Showing kids visions of the future and making them see for themselves the need for world class reading, writing and maths skills is going to have a greater effect than yet another raft of targets and inspection rules that just result in demoralising the teaching profession.

What is going to make our political leaders create an education system fit for it’s purpose?