Yesterday Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stated that being academic in the modern world simply isn't enough, and that too narrow a focus was given to passing exams, when more time should be spent developing the grit and resilience young people will do frequently need in life. This is a message I wholeheartedly agree with, but it is a little late in coming.
I wonder now, in my early 40's if much has changed in schools. I know that teachers are over-stretched, under-paid and put under enormous pressures. I know that each individual teacher has their own life story to contend with. I know all of this because I am a teacher!
Teachers may choose to inspire, mentor, guide or coach their students in their own unique way. This is how a teacher becomes an artist.
Where does being human, having your physical, mental and emotional needs met rank in your infinite to-do list? How do we create a structure where these are prioritised? Who should come first?
Aim for inclusion not segregation, acceptance not tolerance and be warm in praise of those who spot young people at risk and hold out a hand to help, we absolutely need more of that in the world about now.
Being gay is not different, it is not wrong , it is not 'alien' - It is perfectly normal and just another wonderful colour on the spectrum of love.
I've been investigating this phenomenon lately, asking teachers what barriers they face, parents what frustrations they encounter and generally observing so called 'problem children' in schools, homes and how they interact with others.
Finding out your child has dyslexia can be an overwhelming experience, and the importance of trying to learn, understand and empathise with the condition should not be underestimated.
A female Italian astronaut soon to join the International Space Station will be among the first to use a newly patented device to make 'proper' espresso coffee, enjoyed from a specially designed zero-gravity cup.
If we all have equal opportunity why is it that some capitalise on them. It is not having the opportunity; it is seeing and implementing the opportunity that defines those that win. "The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...
I grew up in the beautiful south Indian State of Kerala. My school was in the picturesque Katari Bagh area in Cochin (now known as Kochi), in the precincts of the sprawling Southern headquarters of the Indian Navy, by the back waters of the Arabian Sea.
A new term, you're starting to feel that you have established yourself with parents and pupils. You remain instinctively cautious on entering unfamiliar contexts; a side effect of years of school-based bullying, resulting in lapses onto anxiety medication...
I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.
How many teachers do we need? The year 2015 is just around the corner, and yet UIS data show that countries will need to recruit about 4 million more teachers to achieve universal primary education by the deadline.
Engaging teacher unions has also been seen to improve policies aimed at helping disadvantaged students. In Bolivia, for example, unions helped ensure that indigenous rights were written into the constitution. Their promotion of instruction in indigenous languages contributed to a decrease in illiteracy.
A short one this week and more of a heads-up to look out for my new favourite, ad. From the clearly very lovely, people at Dove.