Key Quotes - Education

Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
Christian groups at California State University have been stripped of recognition because they refused to sign a policy which would require them to open their membership and leadership to all students, including non-Christians.
EducationChristian Institute - 31st October 2014
 
The Liberal Democrats are calling for children as young as seven to receive compulsory sex and relationships education in state schools across England. Under the proposals, which will appear in the Liberal Democrat General Election Manifesto, all schools would be required to offer sex education to pupils in Key Stage 2 - including children aged seven to 11.
EducationChristian Concern - 29th August 2014
 
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has suggested closer scrutiny of schools may be needed as he confirmed the watchdog had visited other towns and cities in the wake of the alleged ‘Trojan horse’ takeover plot in Birmingham. The watchdog has visited schools in areas including Bradford and Luton due to concerns about how they are being run. Last month Ofsted issued a damning verdict on the running of schools in Birmingham. Five schools in the city were placed in special measures after a series of inspections in the wake of the ‘Trojan horse’ allegations.
EducationThe Sentinel, July 10, 2014
 
An opinion poll commissioned by The Observer has shown that in the aftermath of a plot by Islamists to impose sharia law in State schools in Birmingham, more than a third of all UK adults say faith schools should not be funded by taxpayers' money.

The survey found that:

• 23% of UK adults think faith schools should be banned completely
• 35% say faith schools should not be funded by the State
• 56% think that State-funded faith schools should stick to the national curriculum with only 11% saying that faith schools should have some discretion outside of core subjects
• 55% agree that some predominantly Muslim schools are fostering extremist views among pupils and 74% say there is a serious risk of some schools encouraging pupils to adopt extremist views
• 33% say that the Home Office and the police should be mainly responsible for tacking extremism in schools, narrowly ahead of the 31% who say it should be teachers and governors
EducationChristian Concern - 20th June 2014
 
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.
 
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