Surely if Michael Gove were to sit in Little Angel Theatre for Going on a Bear Hunt, he would have his cold heart warmed and rethink the value of arts in education, see how they aid the kind of reasoning and critical thinking that culminate in a society's true mark of success: superb works of collaborative art.
We know from our own work with families that children who come from vulnerable and disadvantaged families are most at risk of experiencing problems with school readiness. In 2011 the Sutton Trust found that children who come from low-income or disadvantaged families are often up to a year behind in their development...
It hit the hair loss headlines this week when a boy in Philadelphia with alopecia areata got sent home from school for having hair that violated the school's short hair policy. The incident illustrates the woeful lack of awareness concerning the disease, which is thought to affect around 2% of the population.
Audiences the world over are captivated by images of violence. Rolling news runs round-the-clock footage of troops and tanks fighting harsh battles in some of the world's most inhospitable places. This deserves our attention and thank goodness these pictures stir the public and their political leaders to tackle pressing security issues.
When I was growing up, Lego bricks came in primary colours and no one told me I couldn't build a garage, a rocket, a pirate ship or whatever took my fancy. Although the choice of bricks back then was severely limited, my imagination did not have to be. Now it seems to be the norm to split the building sets Lego market into those deemed appropriate for boys and those for girls.