Isn’t this rather the problem?

A decolonised curriculum would bring questions of class, caste, race, gender, ability and sexuality into dialogue with each other, instead of pretending that there is some kind of generic identity we all share.

Is an English curriculum really supposed to be about questions of class, caste, race, gender, ability and sexuality?

Or, you know, maybe about English?

Oddly, English itself is a colonial subject

Cambridge University’s English Literature professors will be forced to replace white authors with black writers, under new proposals put forward by academic staff following student demands to “decolonise” the curriculum.

For the first time, lecturers and tutors will have to “ensure the presence” of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) writers on their course, under plans discussed by the English Faculty’s Teaching Forum.

The move follows an open letter, penned by Lola Olufemi, Cambridge University Student Union’s women’s officer and signed by over 100 students, titled “Decolonising the English Faculty”.

“For too long, teaching English at Cambridge has encouraged a ‘traditional’ and ‘canonical’ approach that elevates white male authors at the expense of all others,” the letter said.

“What we can no longer ignore, however, is the fact that the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks perpetuating institutional racism.”

They don’t seem to be noting the manner in which English is colonialism itself.

The Angles, Jutes and Saxons come over here and replace the Romano Celts – not, perhaps, genetically but certainly linguistically. In England that is. Vikings come over, beat everyone up and ad some Old German back into the mix. Normans conquer all and throw Romance back in. The resultant mongrels go conquer a third of the world and spread that language.

The only reason anyone other than one of those Celt/Angle/Viking/Norman mutants speaks the damn language is because of colonialism. The existence of the language in the first place is colonialism.

It’s an, umm, 800 year old language native to a bunch of white people on a damp island. How the hell do we derace, decolonise, that?

Sure, anyone who wants to understand persuasion, rhetoric, should be looking to MLK’s speeches. James Baldwin did some pretty hot stuff. There’s a certain amount of difficulty in replacing Chaucer and Shakespeare though, given the spread of the language back then, eh? Even Austen’s too early for there to be much written by anyone of a duskier hue.

There’s an important number missing here

Oxford University has been accused of “social apartheid” after figures showed that nearly one in three colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015.

Data requested by David Lammy, the former Labour minister for higher education, and published by the Guardian, showed that 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not admit a black British pupil with A-levels in 2015.

How many applied? Without that we’ve no chance at all at working out where the filtering is taking place, have we?

Well, yes, I think we could support this

The former Labour education minister Andrew Adonis has reignited one of the oldest controversies in British education by calling for the clock to be turned back on polytechnics granted university status.

Lord Adonis told a House of Lords committee that the government’s decision 25 years ago to allow more than 30 polytechnics to take the title of university was a mistake, and argued for the removal of the status from what he termed “the lower-performing former polytechnics”.

“I do think it was a very serious mistake – and I would never have done it as minister – to have rebadged all of the polytechnics as universities in 1992, which was a reform done without any proper consideration or advice,” Adonis told the committee, during a hearing on education funding.

And of course the third grade, like Islington Technical School, should be on a level lower once again.

Hmm, maybe the resignation is a good idea

A spokesperson for Blavatnik said his gift was for the committee that has been responsible for organising US presidential inaugurations since 1901 and that he had never donated to Trump. But Rothstein, a specialist on corruption, called the donation “incomprehensible and irresponsible” in his resignation letter.

The academic subsequently told the Guardian he had received hundreds of messages of support about his decision, adding: “I’m not going to be the Blavatnik chair of government and public policy because I’m not going to give legitimacy and credibility to this person. $1m is a sizeable amount of money. In my book by donating to the inauguration of Donald Trump you are supporting Donald Trump.”

Shouldn’t a professor pf public policy be able to distinguish between the two? Paying for campaign funds, and for the inauguration?

Doing education right

Pupils at Bath’s Royal High School beamed with delight as nearly 90 per cent scored A* – B in their GCSE results.


The Royal High School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in the city of Bath, Somerset, England, catering for up to 1,000 pupils.

Bath High School for Girls was founded in 1875 by the Girls’ Public Day School Company (now the Girls’ Day School Trust). It was a direct grant grammar school from 1946 until 1976.

So Britain does know how to do education right then. Just copy that method nationally…..

There’s a merit to this

Close them all down, the rubbish former polys. Or just use them to fleece foreigners. Restrict university admission to the most academically gifted 10% of our students and scrap tuition fees. Expand vocational qualifications, via technical colleges, and apprenticeships. Create an environment in which the kids getting Cs and Ds can see a real, financially rewarding and secure alternative to university.

Idiot damn stupidity

Attacks like Portland’s will keep happening unless we all fight white supremacy

The two people stabbed to death were fighting white supremacy you idiot. They were telling someone shouting racist threats to shut up about the white supremacy shite.

Arjun Singh Sethi is a civil rights lawyer, writer, teacher and consultant based in Washington, D.C. He is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, where he teaches courses on policing, surveillance and counterterrorism.

Ah, a grossly unsuccessful lawyer who teaches in a college for a pittance to make up for it. Adjunct professors make $20k a year if they’re lucky.

Woe, woe, woe is us

It was a strange and sad day last week when my wife and I called the staff into the music room to inform them that we had decided to resign from our posts as headteacher and deputy at the school. We did our best to explain our reasons for leaving. Nobody had seen it coming, and everyone was stunned. I couldn’t help feeling that we were letting them down.

The letter to the parents was even harder. We went through draft after draft until I was almost happy with it. Could it explain our reasoning clearly enough? What response could we expect? The next morning it was clear that not only had parents accepted our arguments but were wholly supportive of our decision, although many asked if we might be persuaded to change our minds. And as to the children, they remained as fickle and forgetful as ever. As anyone who has ever been told they are “the best teacher in the world” knows, a year later Mrs Smith will be taking on that heavy mantle in your stead. For most of the children it was very quickly back to business as usual.

Teaching is not an occupation that you can leave at the door when you go home at the end of the day. When couples are both in education the danger of taking the static and hum of a day’s teaching home with you is more than doubled. As headteacher and deputy we have found that we haven’t just brought the day’s problems home with us but have let school business permeate through our waking (and often sleeping) lives.


Peter Foggo is the deputy head of Longparish Church of England primary school in Andover, Hampshire

That couple is on a household income of somewhere in the £100,000 to £130,000 level I would have thought.

Five times median household income and they want to whinge about it taking a bit of time, including a bit of stress?

An entire 105 pupil roll?

Grow a damn spine man you’re rolling in clover there.

What horrors, really!

A mollycoddled ‘snowflake’ generation of children rely on teachers to bail them out ahead of crucial exams by running free ‘booster’ classes.

Revision being something that has been done by teachers since when, Aristotle?

“Now, Alexander, do you remember what I told you about Afghan Princesses?”

“Umm, sing “Where’s Your Poppa Gone” as a lullaby? Make sure she’s friends with my catamite! Umm, no, no, don’t push me, get her to cook for my other wives? Err, compare her lashes to those of the finest camel? Umm, ”

“Well, yes, this is one lesson we should revisit before finals then, don’t you think?


The government is being urged to tackle segregation in schools after research claimed that more than a quarter of all state primary schools across England and four in 10 state secondaries were ethnically segregated.

The study, which uses a new measure of segregation, also claims that 30% of primary schools and 28% of secondaries are split by socio-economic background.

Sigh, report here.

The over or under representation is done by comparing numbers in a school – by race or socio-economic background – with the census area.

A census area is a rather larger area than a school catchment area.


Oh dear, they didn’t really say this did they?

Johnson pointed out just how woeful the productivity performance of the UK economy had been since 2008. Growth in living standards depends on improvements in productivity, which in the years leading up to the financial crisis averaged more than 2% a year. In the nine years since 2008, Johnson noted, per capita incomes had grown by 2% in total.

“That’s nine years to grow as much as it would normally grow in one.”

What’s more, the productivity growth that has been lost will never come back. That’s because the Office for Budget Responsibility believes the UK has run out of spare capacity, which means the economy cannot grow any faster without generating inflation.

Ouch. Growth into spare capacity isn’t productivity growth. That is, instead, becoming more efficient at doing something and thus a change in the capacity of the economy.

The left has been in charge of education for 70 years now

In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?

Children learn best when teaching aligns with their natural exuberance, energy and curiosity. So why are they dragooned into rows and made to sit still while they are stuffed with facts?

And the insistence is that as education isn’t working it’s not left enough.


No black academics have worked in senior management in any British university for the last three years, according to employment records.

Figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency record no black academics in the elite staff category of “managers, directors and senior officials” in 2015-16 – the third year in a row that this has happened.

Among the 535 senior officials who declared their ethnicity, 510 were white, 15 were Asian and 10 were recorded as “other including mixed”. Thirty senior academics either refused or failed to record an ethnicity.

The figures also show universities employ more black staff as cleaners, receptionists or porters than as lecturers or professors.

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham and a former higher education minister, said: “This is absolutely shocking. I am appalled that higher education is so deeply unrepresentative of the country.

“Universities talk about widening participation and fair access but the complete lack of diversity in senior positions sends out an absolutely dreadful message to young people from ethnic minorities who find themselves wondering whether university is for them or not.”

Umm, well. The figures don’t in fact show no one. They show only that no one declared that they are black. Which is indeed a mildly different thing.

Black is, for the UK, about 3%. So, among 500 we might expect 15 if it were a properly random distribution. But is it random?

Lammy’s assumption, that it’s the universities discriminating against, looks deeply suspect to me. One of the most painfully lefty and OC sectors of the British economy is openly discriminating against blacks? It’s t’other with bells on it.

Of course, that very denial only leaves us with the idea that black British culture somehow discriminates against academic success and that couldn’t possibly be right, could it?