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Larry the Leit

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Are you really saying that people who work(ed) in factories lack intelligence? That someones class/socio-economic status is related to their intelligence?

There is definitely a link to the the quality of education they would receive in the UK. Also people from such a background would be more likely to have had poorer diet/nutrition and an environemnt less conducive to developing intelligence in their formative years.

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There is definitely a link to the the quality of education they would receive in the UK. Also people from such a background would be more likely to have had poorer diet/nutrition and an environemnt less conducive to developing intelligence in their formative years.

The developmental issue is a valid point and there is a growing body of research including prenatal development, but it is far from conclusive. However, it is important to be clear that intelligence is not about level of education or knowledge which is how I read the post I was responding too. In controlled studies there is no evidence that class correlates with intelligence.

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The developmental issue is a valid point and there is a growing body of research including prenatal development, but it is far from conclusive. However, it is important to be clear that intelligence is not about level of education or knowledge which is how I read the post I was responding too. In controlled studies there is no evidence that class correlates with intelligence.

Yes people hear seem to consider academic and intelligence as the same thing, but intelligent and motivated people the majority of the time excel academically given the right environment. I was not talking about class specifically but more the environment intelligence tends to be developed at a young age and nutrition contributes to that as does the cognitive stimulation of a child.

 

Out of interest how did those studies measure intelligence ?

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Facts are facts.

 

People who set up schools on a whim are unlikely to be good at running schools.

Only if the staff they employ are fools. It's the same with any "business" set up, if you don't employ people who are remotely competent you're stuffed.

 

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/10593481.Lowest_possible_Ofsted_rating_for_Darwen_school/

 

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/10490691.Darwen_headteacher_suspended_from_school/?ref=ar

 

http://www.blackburncitizen.co.uk/news/darwen/10727340.Darwen_primary_school_needs_to_improve_says_Ofsted_report/

 

Not one of these is a free school.

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Down with Free Schools... All hail 'Parent Led Teaching Academies' !

Just when I think I'm going to have to vote Labour to stop the Tories getting back in, they come along and open their mouths.

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Just when I think I'm going to have to vote Labour to stop the Tories getting back in, they come along and open their mouths.

It's OK they are going to be tougher on Welfare than the tories too...  I'm sure that will get you back on side!

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Down with Free Schools... All hail 'Parent Led Teaching Academies' !

 

Absolutely baffling.  This week they could actually use this to their advantage and suddenly *in the name of choice* ... oh, I give up.

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So in the space of a few days we have -

 

New Shadow minister reversing opposition to free schools. (Tristram Hunt)

New Shadow minister reversing opposition on £26K benefit cap. (Rachel Reeves)

New Shadow Public Health minister being a homeopathy supporter. (Luciana Berger)

 

As reshuffles go.... it's not the greatest start!

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In controlled studies there is no evidence that class correlates with intelligence.

link?

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For me, this just emphasises the problem of how our education system is viewed by a ruling class. For Gove, his aim is to try to replicate the public school system in the state school system. His reference to creating more dynamism to reflect the public school system is misguided though. Many state schools are dynamic and exciting places to be. Many fee paying schools are dull and systemic places to be.

 

State schools are constricted by the drive for achieving high achievement results (through data specifically and randomly set targets) at the expense of the wider enriched curriculum. If they are perceived to be failing, they receive the full force of external judgement through Ofsted and HMI. This has the further result of creating an atmosphere of energy sapping fear and stress at leadership and teacher level.

 

Children as young as three are subject to assessment and compared to national norms, which has always struck me as rather Kafkasesque. This is continued at Year 1 with the phonics test where children are labelled as successful or as failures. I believe this to be misguided at best and harmful at worst.

 

Finally, as an 'aged' head teacher, it is mystifying to think that someone could lead a school effectively with relatively scant school leadership experience on the back of perceived expertise in curriculum. For me, leadership is all about people, not curriculum or systems.

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