Posts Tagged ‘education’

Swine Flu and School

August 27, 2009

Oh it’s all getting a bit worrying, tho’ some asses would have you believe there’s nothing to worry about. Four deaths in a week in Kuwait and school starts soon. Are there any proper precautions in place? I doubt it. If there is a mass outbreak will they cope? Probably not. Am I sending my kids to school? NO. If you care, you won’t either.

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When punishment goes seriously wrong

August 6, 2009

Well in my school people got detention, or expelled at a push, but in Malaysia the punishment for being caught with a cigarette in your locker goes  a bit further. A boy was forced by his English teacher to smoke 42 cigarettes in 4 hours.Afterwards, the boy had to be hospitalised.( If I had been his parents, the teacher would have to have been hospitalised also…….).

Commenting on the incident, the school principal said:

” This doesn’t happen often.”

Well hallelujah. Maybe Mr Balls could offer some in-house training?

Ah well, as Oscar Wilde once said…………. ”Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

Jack Waterhouse Update

July 15, 2009

Haven’t heard much on this case over the past few days. Think the BBC are reporting that he is out of hospital, so the injury can’t have been life threatening.

 

Has the charge of attempted murder been reduced to aggravated assault?

How do the police actually define what is attempted murder? Is it intent? Result? Method? Day of the week?

I’d like to know. And for some reason the teacher concerned, Peter Harvey is going to appear in court via video link…………..why?

Student death

July 13, 2009

I think we all need to go into some kind of 21st century hibernation. This swine flu is getting out of hand. Another death in the UK, this time at a primary school and a little girl.

Chloe Buckley, from north west London, died on Thursday at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.She was 6 years old and as a mother I send my heartfelt sympathies to her parents and family.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine if she had any underlying health conditions.

Dr Simon Tanner, from NHS London, said: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family at this difficult time as they come to terms with their loss.”

He said Chloe had contracted the virus in the UK.

He described her death as “sad” and added: “It will probably not be the last that we have in this pandemic.”

NHS gone absolutely mad

July 12, 2009

Just read this in the Telegraph. Can’t believe my eyes. Just can’t. Is it any wonder kids are being abused and patients are dying when the NHS comes out with this crap?

”NHS tells school children of their “right” to “an orgasm a day”

NHS guidance is advising school pupils that they have a “right” to an enjoyable sex life and that regular sex can be good for their cardiovascular health.”

The article goes on, ”

The advice appears in leaflets circulated to parents, teachers and youth workers and is meant to update sex education by telling students about the benefits of enjoyable sex.

The authors of the guidance say that for too long, experts have concentrated on the need for “safe sex” and committed relationships while ignoring the principle reason that many people have sex.”

Oh for God’s sake. SHUT UP.What’s next? Encouraging kids to pop off to Amsterdam for the weekend for a ‘Health and Fitness Break”?  Weed and hooker included, under the banner ”It’s good for you!”

Is Jack waterhouse the tip of the iceberg?

July 12, 2009

On reading the comments posted here over the past couple of days, you can see that there is an immense amount of sympathy for the teacher involved in the Jack Waterhouse assault case. Ex teachers have indicated how they wouldn’t teach for love or money now, some demand that the charge be reduced to aggravated assault as in no way did Peter Harvey intend to murder Jack Waterhouse when he lifted the weight that morning. The charge of attempted murder has probably came  from some gung ho police officer with a scant knowledge of the law……there has been, of course, sympathy expressed for the boy and hopes for a speedy recovery but questions as to why he would have teased an ill teacher in such a way.

People have also criticised school authorities for letting a teacher who had been ill through stress back in the classroom without supervision…….

Whatever the outcome, this is a bizarre and tragic case of a good man gone bad. How many other teachers will we see go the same way before they are given support?

Goodnight

July 11, 2009

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Peter Harvey- what are other teachers saying?

July 11, 2009

Checking on the TES website this is the chatter about the Peter Harvey/ Jack Waterhouse attempted murder case.

It seems the teacher had just returned from sick leave having suffered a stress related stroke. The science class he was teaching were taunting him with ”Man in the Mirror” by Michael jackson, but had changed the lyrics to “Psycho”…..

Posted by: nomad 09/07/2009 at 14:47

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Arrested on suspicion of attempted murder is rather different from being charged with attempted murder.However, since it is (I would imagine) highly unlikely that the teacher in question had the chil’d death in mind when he caused the boy’s injuries, I suspect (and hope) that the charge, if any, would be reduced to that of aggravated assault.

Quite right. I mean surely the teacher did not lift the weapon in order to kill the child? unless someone heard him say ”I’m going to kill you”, then it should be aggravated assault.

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Posted by: seren_dipity 09/07/2009 at 14:47

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 Whatever happened his career is over, presumably after a couple of decades.There’s no point in prejudging,  nor should we, but I’m sure we all have scenarios in our minds which can allow us to have enormous sympathy for the (assumed) poor man.

Totally agree. While I have no sympathy for the action , I can relate to being in that situation with students who you just want to make shut up…..

 

The ”lovely lad” and the murderous teacher…..

July 11, 2009

Now that teacher Peter Harvey has been charged with attempted murder, local residents are coming out of the woodwork to comment on the parties involved……we should take all comments with a pinch of salt. Perhaps more of a good point of reference would be the boy’s school reports?

Neighbours commented to ( that oracle of truth and moral integrity, The Daily Mirror) on Jack Waterhouse, rumoured to have sworn at Harvey and wound him up : 

  • Jack was “a lovely lad who wouldn’t hurt a fly”. ‘
  • ‘He’s a good quiet lad and I’m surprised he’s mixed up in this sort of thing.” 
  • We’ve never had trouble from him in the seven years we’ve lived here.
  • “Jack’s not like a typical 14-year-old, he’s a lot quieter. He’s also very small for his age.”

My son is an angel in the classroom and as soon as he sets foot in my car, is a devil………

I have seen children elective mutes throughout their school careers, who sing and dance and recite poetry at home.

Children who behave perfectly at home with their parents can be uncontrollable with an audience in school.

Let’s wait and see. As I said, if I was little Jack’s parents, and wanted to show what a shining example of a good student he was, I’d publish his school reports- asap.

 

sex, maths and rock’n’roll

July 10, 2009

”Conservatives say teaching sex education in the public schools will promote promiscuity. With our education system? If we promote promiscuity the same way we promote math or science, they’ve got nothing to worry about.”