Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Monday 15th July
 
Two professors sacked by an evangelical college in the United States, Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee, for refusing to sign its statement of faith, are suing the college. Professor Stephen Barnett and Professor Steve DeGeorge refused to agree to Bryan College’s revised statement of faith, after the college authorities added a clause that stated that Adam and Eve were historical individuals created by God and not by means of evolution. More than 20 other lecturers at the college have backed the pair, but the trustees said they had every right to change the statement of faith to assert a literal understanding of Genesis.
EducationChurch Times, 30 May 2014
 
The head of UCAS has said that university is often ‘wasted’ on school leavers because they take the wrong degree. Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive of UCAS, said that many teenagers, in particular those from middle-class backgrounds, ‘sleepwalk’ into university without giving it proper thought. Mrs Curnock Cook went on to say that more people should consider deferring their degree until their 20s and 30s in order to make the right decision.
EducationPremier Youthwork, July 2014
 
The best teachers do more than just convey information; they whet the appetite for learning, they develop the student’s capacity to understand, analyse, explore and discover other information. The well-taught student is not limited to the information their teacher has imparted to them. Good education is not really a curriculum matter but a teaching skill that relies heavily on the relationship the teacher can develop with the student.
Usually the teachers we remember and love the most did more than impart information to us. They were the ones who opened the world to us, taking us to places and ideas, understanding and critical thinking that we did not know even existed prior to them taking an interest in us.
EducationThe Briefing, March April 2014
 
Students at Central Michigan University are learning about the undead this year, thanks to a religion course that’s exploring apocalyptic themes in the Bible and how they relate to popular culture. The course tutor Kelly Murphy says she always wanted to teach a course on apocalyptic literature, and she is a fan of the zombie TV show The Walking Dead. The class title is ‘From Revelation to The Walking Dead’.
EducationThird Way, March 2014
 
Daily ‘stillness’ sessions should be introduced into schools to give pupils time away from the stresses of life, according to Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College. He said that the loss of religious assemblies in many schools had robbed pupils of the ability to ‘reflect during the school day’.
EducationDaily Telegraph 4 March 2014, via Bible Society
 
A move towards nine-hour school days and longer terms could leave many children exhausted and too tired to learn, it has been claimed. Under plans reportedly being examined by the Conservatives, school hours would be extended, with pupils staying until around 6pm, while school holidays would be cut almost in half, to around seven weeks a year. But teachers’ leaders warned many children are already tired at the end of the school day, and need regular breaks to help them process what they have learnt.
EducationThe Sentinel, January 31, 2014
 
The chief inspector of schools has said he is “spitting blood” over right-wing attacks on Ofsted. Sir Michael Wilshaw said that Education Secretary Michael Gove risked damaging school standards by undermining his authority and attacking Ofsted’s ideology. It comes after reports that right-wing think tank Civitas has urged the Government to create a new body to inspect free schools and academies. While the Policy Exchange think tank, which Mr Gove set up in 2002, is calling for evidence from schools about whether the school inspection body is “fit for purpose”.
EducationThe Sentinel, January 27, 2014
 
It will take a decade for British pupils’ performance in major international education rankings to improve, claims Education Secretary Michael Gove. Mr Gove said it will be 10 years before UK pupils’ standings in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) rankings significantly improve. The UK’s performance has stagnated since the 90s and the latest results last month showed teenagers lagged behind their peers in East Asian countries such as Singapore and Japan.
EducationThe Sentinel, January 7, 2014
 
Twenty-five primary schools had national curriculum test results wiped out this year due to cheating or mistakes in administering the papers, official figures show. In some cases, schools saw their reading and maths scores annulled for “maladministration”. The disclosure comes as new figures show hundreds of primary schools in England are failing to give pupils a decent education on reading, writing and arithmetic.
EducationThe Sentinel, December 13, 2013
 
The Scottish Secular Society has launched a new campaign to force schools to create an ‘opt-in’ system for religious observance, it was reported in late August. Currently all pupils in schools across Scotland are automatically involved in religious worship and parents are given the option to withdraw their children if they wish. But the Scottish Secular Society has launched a petition demanding an opt-in, rather than an opt-out, system that will effectively require parents to give consent before their children are permitted to participate.
EducationEvangelicals Now, October 2013
 
Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, has found that a third of primary school children had an ‘inadequate’ understanding of Christianity, it was reported in October. Inspectors, who visited 185 secondary schools and more that 30 primary schools, said teachers were fearful of ‘saying the wrong thing’ and that few children were being taught to get to grips with religion.
EducationEvangelicals Now, November 2013.
 
Parents want driving skills to be taught as part of the National Curriculum, according to a new survey by Goodyear. While the Government is preparing to publish a Green Paper this autumn on issues surrounding young drivers, many parents now believe that children as young as 11 should be taught driving theory in a bid to save lives when they eventually pass their test.
EducationFamilies First, November/December 2013
 
The UK’s performance in major international education rankings has stagnated, leaving the nation’s teenagers lagging far behind their peers in East Asian countries such as Singapore and Japan. Despite the UK spending more than average on education, there has been no change in the country’s abilities in reading, maths and science in the past six years, according to the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study 2012. The UK failed to make the top 20 for any of the subjects, coming 26th place for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science, it found…More than half a million 15-year-olds from 65 countries took part in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) study last year.
EducationThe Sentinel, December 4, 2013
 
A survey carried out by Populus for the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Values has revealed that 87 per cent of parents think that schools have a wider role to play than just producing academic results. Those asked wanted schools to encourage values such as honesty and fairness in pupils.
EducationYouthwork, November 2013
 
In 2012 YouGov polled 1,825 adults asking whether RE should remain part of the national curriculum. For many, the results were surprising.
The poll showed:
• Over half (53%) of all adults in England and Wales think that RE should remain a compulsory subject in state funded schools.
• 58% think it is beneficial for pupils to study RE.
• The above two percentages rise to 63% in each case among 18-24 year olds.
• 1 in 2 adults think RE provides a valuable space in the school day where young people can learn about all religious and non-religious beliefs.
EducationThe Plain Truth, Autumn-Winter 2013
 
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