Drunken women put themselves in danger – judge’s wrist slapped

Drunken women put themselves in danger – judge’s wrist slapped “I find it incredible that young people get so drunk that they don’t know who they’re with.” The judge concerned was sentencing a woman who had punched another woman in a … Continue reading

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What does he expect? Absentee father attempts to coerce his daughters.

What does he expect? Absentee father attempts to coerce his daughters A father abandons his wife and two young daughters. One of the daughters is subsequently treated roughly by his new wife. Five years later the father asks the courts … Continue reading

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Mother’s love life – more important than daughters’ safety

Last week The Times reported that two young girls are to be locked in their bedroom at night with intruder alarms so that their mother can sleep with a man who has served a prison sentence for a sexual offence against a girl who was under 13. … Continue reading

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Punishing the right parents

Local friends were refused permission recently to take their children out of school for a few days in order to enjoy a family holiday; they took them, nonetheless but are concerned that they will now face a fine. Last week there were reports of two killings by teenagers, … Continue reading

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Presentation – What, How and Why: a manual of better English

I am giving a presentation of “What, How and Why – a manual of better English” on Tuesday, March 24th at 8.0.pm in Mersea Island’s MICA centre 10 miles south of Colchester in Essex – CO5 8QA Last November, in … Continue reading

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Examinations – deadly pressure on students

Examinations – deadly pressure on students Whose purposes are now served by school examinations? Last Friday’s Times (March 6th 2015) reported two teenage deaths in one comprehensive school, deaths believed to be connected to anxiety about examinations. One of the … Continue reading

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Celebrities – we are still incapable of learning the lessons

Furore this week following further revelations about Jimmy Savile. Decades ago senior staff ignored and failed to pass on complaints about his behaviour and warnings were issued that he was a celebrity and not to be upset or challenged. Only … Continue reading

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Support for new English text book

Following an interview in the Times last November in which he spoke of “sloppy text books” and of a concern to teach to the test, Tim Oates of Cambridge Assessments agreed to look at What, How and Why and responded … Continue reading

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Letter to Mr Cameron – expectations of schools but not of parents

Dear Mr Cameron, Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, has written me to ask for my support. Her letter begins, “Every parent wants their child to have the best start in life.” She goes on to set out her expectations of … Continue reading

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More “failing” schools

Surprised? Successful schools would mean one less area of our lives for politicians to use for their own purposes – look, boys and girls, we are doing something for you. Surprised – having learnt just a few months ago that … Continue reading

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