Religion and schools

TV fictions and AWL reality

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 1:03 Author: Sean Matgamna
United in anti-AWLism: George Galloway and Nigel Farage. Now joined by The Daily Express and Ashok Kumar

An open letter to Ashok Kumar

It’s been said before, and it will bear saying again. If everything published by the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty in the last five decades were to disappear, and if future historians of socialism had to rely on what our political opponents said about us, then the historians would find it impossible to make political sense of the story.

On the one hand we are people who do, and have always done, everything we can to help workers in their struggle against employers and governments. We throw everything we have into that.

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Submitted by martin on Tue, 20/03/2018 - 15:04

We sent the open letter to Ashok Kumar, of course, and politely offered him space in Solidarity to reply. He responded:

"I’m not going to dignify your racist-in-chief’s meandering, stream of consciousness whataboutery with a reply especially in light of this: http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2018-03-17/friends-israel-groups-blocked-joining-anti-racist-demonstration".

No evidence. No reasoning. No argument. But that's the way with that school of thought.

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Letter: Young girls and the hijab

Submitted by Matthew on 7 February, 2018 - 2:47 Author: Mark Sandell

I am writing in support of the original policy of St Stephen’s School in Newham to stop girls under eight wearing the hijab at school. (The school reversed the policy after a petition campaign). The head, Neena Lall, has received death threats.

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Ofsted criticises “sexist and sectarian” faith schools

Submitted by cathy n on 27 December, 2017 - 3:19 Author: Gerry Bates
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“Will Ofsted start policing thought crime in schools?! wailed a headline in the Catholic Herald on 13 December. The magazine was responding to an Ofsted report that shed some light on faith schools.

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How to think beyond and survive the exam season

Submitted by Matthew on 3 May, 2017 - 8:29 Author: Daisy Thomas

A report on 2 May from the Health and Education Committee of MPs found that government cuts are pushing many schools to scrap or limit mental health help in schools. Daisy Thomas explains why that help is important.

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 26 April, 2017 - 12:36 Author: Gemma Short and Ollie Moore

On Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 April, National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) members at Forest Hill school in Lewisham struck for the fifth time in their on-going dispute against a management proposed restructuring to deal with a £1.3 million deficit. The management’s proposal sheds 15 teaching jobs, significantly increases teachers’ workload, radically reduces the depth of the creative aspects of the curriculum, ends any specialist English as an Additional Language (EAL) support, and massively diminishes the support for students with Special Educational Needs.

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UK school system bad for children

Submitted by AWL on 9 December, 2016 - 10:11

The Programme for International Student Assessments (PISA) rankings were published on 6 December. These put UK schools in the 20s among the 72 countries surveyed.

Socialists don′t put great store by the PISA ratings, which measure different nations academic achievements by testing 15 and 16 year olds in maths, science and reading. However, the UK’s poor results do demonstrate that, even by their own standards, the Tories model for education is failing.

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Ofsted prefers middle-class schools

Submitted by Matthew on 30 November, 2016 - 11:35 Author: Elizabeth Butterworth

Research on Ofsted points to endemic problems in the schools system and inspection regime. Last week, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) released important findings about the fairness of Ofsted reports in England. They found a “systematic negative correlation” between schools with children from poorer backgrounds or lower prior attainment and positive Ofsted judgments.

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A vicious circle in schools

Submitted by Matthew on 10 November, 2016 - 11:22 Author: Gerry Bates

Between half-term of summer 2016 and Xmas 2016, over half the maths teachers in the London secondary school where I teach will have quit.

The maths department is more stable than most. Our science department, for example, went through almost a Year Zero in 2015, with almost a complete turnover of staff. And our school is probably more stable than most in low-income areas of London.

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Don’t bring back the 11-plus!

Submitted by AWL on 14 September, 2016 - 11:32 Author: Patrick Yarker and Clive Larkin

Any expansion of grammar schools in England will be a mechanism for intensifying social divisions.

The arrival of any new secondary school alters the local educational ecology. The arrival of an entirely selective school has a particularly damaging effect. It drastically recasts the intake of all other schools in an area, and at a stroke turns them, however they are named, into secondary moderns.

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