How frustrating, after being woken at 2 a.m. for obs I wrote a few brief thoughts for blog, saved them and now can’t find them. It was probably my best writing ever.
Have been in a small ward with 4 others who are far more seriously ill than me. What comes through from them is the spirit, calmness, and continuing enjoyment of life they share with family and friends.
A little perturbed when I reflected on the Oxfam stat of the richest kleptocrats getting $300,000 richer every minute. Even for them this is an extremely large amount. No, the amount is that made by the richest 85 bandits, so only actually about $10,000,000 a day each. So that’s alright then.
A brief rant using alliteration to name some of the bluffing bastard bandits: Brand, Branson, Blair, Bono, Bush, Bitler, Bol Pot, Bidi Amin, Bomas de Torquemada and Batcher.
Just been told by doc that blood count is good so can go home soon which is good news.
More people are becoming aware of the tyranny of school uniform. Deborah Orr in yesterday’s Guardian wrote about school being an unsafe place for children who turn up at school stressed because they might be picked on by staff for not wearing the ‘correct’ uniform. My niece has had some very negative experiences at her school over uniform lately, in my view her treatment was abusive bullying by staff. I checked their website and the policy and lists for uniform was unbelievably long and prescriptive with various sanctions for transgressions. This process then follows with teaching staff spending inordinate time and effort policing and punishing. My niece wants to change school.
Orr’s article used information from the Childrens’ Commision on Poverty report ‘Through Young Eyes’, the following are extracts:
However, many of the young people we consulted with raised the issue of the costs associated with education. From school uniform and educational trips to buying text books, children and families in poverty struggle to afford the necessary additional expenses for school or college. As one
young person said:
The cost of school uniform was a particular challenge highlighted by the young people we consulted, especially for those with multiple siblings and those in secondary schools
‘School uniform has got so expensive now… like the jumpers and stuff, they are not very well made and break quite easily, so I have to be careful and make them last.’ Kara
‘Uniform is ridiculous. We have to wear a blazer on top of a jumper it all has to have [their school] logo, blazer costs £40, PE jumper is £30, skirt is £20.’ Rachel
Kate and I can confirm the above. I had an email ‘conversation’ with an assistant head about uniform last year when a new uniform was introduced. When I questioned various assertions made about the value of a uniform and backed up my responses with research evidence the conversation soon ended with an agreement that there would be a review. The ‘review’, if it’s actually happened, seemed to begin with an email to all parents which began with: ‘after the successful introduction of our popular school uniform…….’. An objective, unbiased review eh?
These are state funded schools imposing unnecessary and damaging stuff on parents and children. My number one rule for any class I teach is that the children feel safe, appears that this is not the case for some schools.
No apologies for length of this, but education is my profession and it disheartens me greatly to read and hear of such injustice, it could even be classed as institutional abuse.
So to finish on a lighter note who would you like to see on Branson’s inaugural space flight with him?
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.