Monthly Archives: June 2018

Irritating English – 1

“How are you?”  –  “I’m well,” we used to reply. Now we are more likely to be told, “I’m good.” When we were children we were sometimes good, when remembered to put away our toys or washed our hands before … Continue reading

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Other people’s children, other people’s schools

Yesterday The Sunday Times published a letter of mine. Perhaps they wanted to protect certain politicians from my anger so they left out the italicised sections. What do you think? Dear Sir, Rod Liddle was right yesterday; there are schools … Continue reading

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Respecting the NHS

  When we insure our  homes, or our cars, for example, we are expected to maintain and use locks when we are away from home and to make sure that our cars are properly maintained in a roadworthy condition. These … Continue reading

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Parents’ support – free schools

It was pleasing to read in last week’s Times, Toby Yong’s robust defence of free schools, one of which I visited as it was getting itself established. Young plays down the matter of innovation and parent leadership, but points to … Continue reading

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English – not a school subject

  English is treated like a school subject but could as easily be called something like Communication. English, or our mother tongue, or whatever language we use allows us to: Narrate stories, things imagined Inform other people, as a witness … Continue reading

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