Controversy has flared over the launch of Spike Jonze’s adaptation of the Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are.Like the book, first published in 1963, the row, or rumpus as the book might have it, has erupted because some parents are worried that the images in the film will frighten the bejesus out of… Continue reading Sendak tells parents worried about the film of his book to go to Where the Wild Things Are!
The Sounds~Write linguistic phonic teaching programme was conceived and written in 2002/3. An essential component of the authors’ thinking about literacy tuition is that all teachers of literacy deserve high quality training. This is needed to help dispel the many myths and inaccuracies pervading teaching practices that stem from a variety of sources including: personal… Continue reading Sounds-Write study on 1607 Key Stage 1 pupils in state primary school across the country.
I was so taken with this posting on Kitchen table Math from Palisadesk that I asked permission to reproduce it in full and disseminate the maxims a little more widely. So here it is: Education Non-Myths I couldn’t resist sharing these maxims from a new blog :www.incentiveseverywhere.com whose author I know from a previous book… Continue reading Education Non-Myths
The Guardian and The Independent are today both reporting Terry Leahy’s attack on Gordon Brown’s ‘woefully low’ standards in education.It’s the usual complaint – huge amounts of money spent for a very poor return – though for the UK’s largest private employer (Tesco) to voice such an outspoken attack is highly significant.Leahy claims that standards… Continue reading Standards in education ‘woefully low’, says Tesco boss Terry Leahy
I had to confess to some surprise the other day listening to the P.M. programme on Radio 4. The programme included a piece in which people were interviewed and asked to recite ‘Jack and Jill’ and other, what I thought were well known, nursery rhymes. What did I know? Hardly anyone who was interviewed could!One… Continue reading Of nursery rhymes and picture books
David Crystal is proposing that we give every language its ‘special day’. As he reminds us, we already have two: the European Day of Languages on 26th September and the World Mother-Tongue day on 21st February.Crystal’s posting on his blog has drawn attention to work done by the Winchester English Language Project, which will celebrate… Continue reading English Language Day
In a report due to be published next month in the Queen’s English Society’s journal Quest, professor Bernard Lamb of Imperial College London claims that his British undergraduates made ‘three times as many grammatical, punctuation and spelling mistakes’ as his overseas students.The figures Lamb refers to are taken from a class of twenty-eight final-year undergraduates… Continue reading Lamb’s linguistic lament
On June 12th I posted on Alan Gibbons’ ‘Campaign for the Book‘. Here’s the latest from Alan on attempts to close libraries. Looks like Alan and his fellow campaigners have won a victory … for the time being at least! Well done to them! Below is a portion of Alan’s campaign email. You can read… Continue reading Wirral council rescinds library closures
When I come into contact with practising teachers and teaching assistants on the Sounds-Write literacy training courses, I am constantly coming up against people who think that their personal opinion, based on nothing but their practice and beliefs, has the same validity as research in the field of teaching reading and spelling.According to Caroline Cox*,… Continue reading Personal beliefs or evidence-based practice?
If you’re a teacher and you can get past the headline, the article by Harriet Sergeant in the Mail on 22nd September is about as hard hitting as it can get. The message is that illiteracy is a blight on our society and that the price we pay for continuing to allow huge numbers of… Continue reading The social cost of illiteracy.