Category Archives: Education

Report on internet pornography highlights need for education, not restriction

One of my biggest concerns in recent years has been the effect of access to easily available internet pornography on the next generation of young people. Every time I ask an expert in the field to reassure me and tell … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Feminism, Pornography, Sex education, Young people | 1 Comment

How dare the Taliban shoot a 14 year old girl who just wants to go to school! #dayofthegirl

I look at the two 13 year old girls in my lounge just now. They’ve had a great day at school, learning about all sorts of things. One of them had a profound exchange with her science teacher about gender … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Equality, Sophie Bridger, Women | 1 Comment

The Scottish Government experiments on my child!

It’s a pretty anxious time for any parent with a child in the early years of secondary school in Scotland. The Scottish Government has introduced a new Curriculum, called the Curriculum for Excellence which aims to produce a new generation of … Continue reading

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Argyll and Bute back down on school dinner blog ban

The leader of Argyll and Bute Council has reversed the decision to ban a 9 year old schoolgirl from taking photographs of her school dinners and blogging about them. Roddy McCuish did so live on Radio 4’s The World at … Continue reading

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Argyll and Bute Council ban 9 year old’s school dinner photo blog

Way back in April, 9 year old Martha Payne started reviewing her school dinners. Every day she wrote on her Never Seconds blog, under the pseudonym Veg, short for Veritas Ex Gustu which means Truth from Tasting in Latin. The … Continue reading

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Alasdair Allan needs lessons in prioritising his to do list.

So, Alasdair Allan, Scottish Schools minister has decided that our kids need lessons in Scottish Studies to make sure they learn about their culture and history. To be fair, he may have a point. I know my education is some … Continue reading

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A few words on Nick Clegg’s Summer schools

But let me say something else: The rioters are not the face of Britain’s young people. The vast majority of our young people are good, decent and doing the best they can. Don’t condemn all of them because of the … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg speaks out on free schools and parenting

There are a fair few reasons I’m glad I live in Scotland. Apart from the fact that it’s just a beautiful country and I feel completely at home here, there is a reasonably strong political consensus around the NHS and … Continue reading

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>Why are West Lothian teachers more likely to be off with stress

>I know I’m coming a bit late to this one as the story first came out last week, but I couldn’t let it lie. Scotland on Sunday reported on 16th January that the industrious Scottish Liberal Democrats research team in … Continue reading

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>Outdoor nursery’s future threatened by hand washing rules

> Lucy White enjoys climbing a tree at the Secret Garden (reproduced with permission of Alex White) I’ve written angrily before about common sense being flung out the window when it comes to “child safety”. Despite my own over-anxiety as … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Education, Health and Safety | 5 Comments