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 Post subject: John Humphries Programme
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:49 am 
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Did anyone watch this programme last night? The premise was that there is an education attainment gap betweeen the rich (ie. middle-class) and poor pupil population.

I was irritated during the first half of the programem when they reinforced stereotypes - ie. the rich was represented by Westminster college, and the poor by Stoke-on-Trent. I found myself thinking what is wrong with being middle class, working hard and having an interest in my child's education.

The second half of the programee did redress the balance and showed sucessful schools in more deprived areas. As both the junior and senior schools heads' said, good schools come from good leadership, teachers and discipline. Money and where you live wasn't an issue.

What surprised me was there was no mention of grammer schools, where, in theory at least ( :!: ), people of all backgrounds have the same chances of getting to a better education.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:57 am 
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I watched this too. On reflection, I think looking at grammar schools might have muddied the waters, because the basic premise was that a decent education should be available for everyone - not just the rich, not just the bright and not just those with motivated and savvy parents.

I'm all for grammar schools and educational selection as an engine of social mobility, and personally I'm quite comfortable with being middle class, working hard and interested in my children's education. But I think that the educational system could do a lot more for those children whose parents are none of those things - and we saw this demonstrated in the inner-London schools.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:01 am 
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I missed this - please can someone tell me what channel it was on, it sounds interesting.

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BB2 last night at 9pm.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:17 am 
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I forgot about this :evil:

However, it's on iPlayer, it's called Unequal Opportunites and here's a link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00txmtm/Unequal_Opportunities_with_John_Humphrys/

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I thought it was interesting, despite John Humphries sometimes rather simplistic analysis. I'm not surpised they didn't look at grammar schools as the majority of the country does not have access to the grammar system. Interesting though that he mentioned that he, as a working class child, had had access to the grammar school system which he felt gave him an oportunity that was largely not available today. Interesting as well that the successful secondary schools 'looked' like grammar schools (discipine, high aspirations, strict uniform etc).

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All of our local schools now have the strict and smart 'blazer' (in fact many of them look smarter than the GS boys!!!) uniform but it doesn't hide the results of some of them :?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:19 am 
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I was extremely irritated by the unquestioned premise that most of the problems of the education system stem from the middle classes refusing to send their children to substandard schools rather than from poor leadership and teaching, unnecessarily low expecations and low morale. Humphries seemed to accept that the best way to improve schools would be to prevent the middle classes making choices. Perhaps the second half came up with some more constructive ideas but I'd lost interest by that point and found something else to do.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:47 am 
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What surprised me was there was no mention of grammer schools, where, in theory at least ( ), people of all backgrounds have the same chances of getting to a better education.

Just a thought, but how many parents who send their children to grammar are working class i wonder or lower middle-class even? Grammar schools in theory are meant to be for those children, but in reality arent' they mostly populated by middle and upper-middle class children (some of whom would have paid for schooling if it wasnt' for the credit crunch?) Or is that just the Southern grammar schools where I live?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:05 am 
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What is bugging me most about all these programs now is the stereotype on black people. Sure many live in inner city but there are many too even in those areas who have been succesful. Why cant they show these perhaps they could be role models rather than showing them in sink schools living in high rise estate all the time. These programs are more about reinforcing stereotypes and class. :evil:

I cant resist watching young borders tomorrow. :roll:

BTW - Whats the diff between working class and middle class? Is it based on income or manners and the lifestyle. Could one be a high earner like a Footballer and be still working class?

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