Thought for the Week Archive

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TFTW: Exam results are only part of the story.

Essex Chronicle Thought for the Week June 6th 2013 Students across the country are now in the full swing of the annual exam hall rituals, testing their ability to recall and apply their subject knowledge.  In August all will be revealed when students receive the grades that define their achievements, opening or closing doors, and … Continue reading

TFTW4: Cosmic events and how wonderful life (as we know it) is!

Essex Chronicle Thought for the Week. Context:  Spring 2012, and the moon has company! Venus transition is coming…. As a Physics teacher, I love to take stock of experiences that tell us that our everyday lives are played out within the awe-inspiring enormity of space: Earth, solar system, galaxy, universe…..  Of course every day, sunset … Continue reading

TFTW3: Time for a Parenting for Learning campaign?

A Thought for the Week for the Essex Chronicle Context:  August 2011.  Post ‘summer of unrest’,  the annual hand-wringing about exam results.. and that gap just won’t close.  Broken Britain is the headline concept of the moment. At this time of year there is usually a national debate about standards in schools.  Following the riots, … Continue reading

TFTW2: Political Correctness Gone too Far? Really?

Context: April 2011.  Fed up with persistent prejudice and surge of ‘chav’ comments. We’d all sign up to a campaign to eliminate prejudice and discrimination wouldn’t we? Would we? I sometimes wonder.  On the surface, society has come a long way in the last decade or so.  There is more public tolerance and a deeper … Continue reading

TFTW1: You Say That I’m a Dreamer

A piece for Thought for the Week,  Essex Chronicle October 2010:  My first one. Context:  Party conference season.. and John Lennon’s 70 birthday, October 2010. (JL and I have the same birthday… not that this is relevant to anything, except that I always remember!) “Imagine all the people, living life in peace”. John Lennon b … Continue reading

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