Education

The Grim Reader - Education Guardian

Reprinted in The Australian Age, 07/9/09, and the Buffalo News, USA, 03/9/09
Tuesday 1 September 2009

One day recently I heard an unearthly wailing coming from my 11-year-old son's room. It was like no sound I'd ever heard from him before. He doesn't normally cry at television or films but, curled up alone in his bed reading, when the fantasy character he identified with met a grim end, vanquished by the forces of darkness, he found it absolutely devastating.

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Teachers banned from Twitter after indiscreet tweet

Council imposes ban after teacher's comments cause outrage in rural community

from the Guardian Education online

Fellow 'tweechers' have responded angrily to the ban

Tweeting teachers in Scotland are incensed by reports that Argyll and Bute council has banned teachers from blogging about their work.

The move came after tweets written by a teacher appeared in the Oban Times.

Comments made by the head of the language department at a local high school, to her friends on Twitter – "Have three Asperger's boys in S1 class: never a dull moment! Always offer an interesting take on things" – have caused outrage.

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Clearing - Education Guardian

Education Guardian - 3rd August 2009

"When I opened the envelope and saw my results, it was just – disappointment. I felt really, really bad. I threw them on the floor and went to my room in tears."

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The X-amination Factor

Rows are forecast across breakfast tables this morning as parents try to persuade teenage children that their English exams are more important than the X Factor.

Scottish heads are furious that the ITV show scheduled its first auditions for 10,000 hopefuls in Hampden Park football stadium yesterday, the day before the Scottish equivalent of GCSE English. The second round, involving thousands of hopefuls, is due to take place today in the same venue.

The rector of Dingwall Academy, Graham Mackenzie, spoke for many when he said: "This is appalling. I have seen a copy of the letter the children have been sent. In big bold letters, it congratulates them for being selected. It tells them this is their first step on the road to stardom and that this decision may change their lives. It also tells them to rehearse and practise to impress the judges.

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