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User1951
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Gordon Brown’s announcement of extra cash for education will be welcomed by parents and teachers -
but many will be wondering why it’s taken so long to deliver extra funding when education was meant
to be New Labour’s top priority !

Brown says he wants to tackle “past decades of chronic underinvestment”. Well successive Governments
- including his own - have certainly left schools underfunded and understaffed. Most of Brown’s
promised £15 billion will be needed just to repair the damage done by years of underfunding. It will
still fall well short of the 7 per cent of national income even Blairite Peter Mandelson has
admitted is really needed.

Schools have only been kept going by teachers putting in 50-60 hour working weeks. Small wonder many
are quitting the job. Only a guarantee of manageable workload and decent pay will reverse the
haemorrhaging of qualified staff. But Education Secretary, Estelle Morris, calls a 35 hour week for
teachers “potty”.

Brown also made clear that he has no intention of rewarding the staff that are keeping our public
services going, demanding “responsibility in setting public sector pay”. Councilworkers and teachers
need to take united action to win the salary increases they deserve.

Teachers are also being driven out by the drudgery of lessons driven by the demands of National
Curriculum tests. Yet Brown’s cash will be dependent on schools meeting even more targets. This will
mean more pressure to concentrate on sterile “teaching to the test”.

“Successful” schools will be rewarded with more money
- like the specialist schools New Labour propose to use to break-up comprehensive education. Other
cash will be directed to divisive schemes like City Academies. But it’s the schools at the bottom
of the league tables, in areas of greatest poverty, that need the most support. Instead Brown
threatened them with closure, apparently resurrecting the discredited “Fresh Start” scheme.

Of course, while state schools struggle, independent schools can rely on better resources and
smaller class sizes ! Every child should have the same chance of a decent education as the sons and
daughters of the wealthy !

Instead of using funding to help further break-up comprehensive education, the Socialist Party
demands proper investment without strings attached. Unions must demand that Gordon’s extra billions
are turned into decent pay and conditions for staff - the only way to guarantee decent learning
conditions for children.

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The Technical M
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User1951 wrote:

[q1]> Gordon Brown?s announcement of extra cash for education will be welcomed by parents and teachers -[/q1]
[q1]> but many will be wondering why it?s taken so long to deliver extra funding when education was[/q1]
[q1]> meant to be New Labour?s top priority ![/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Brown says he wants to tackle ?past decades of chronic underinvestment?. Well successive[/q1]
[q1]> Governments - including his own - have certainly left schools underfunded and understaffed. Most[/q1]
[q1]> of Brown?s promised £15 billion will be needed just to repair the damage done by years of[/q1]
[q1]> underfunding. It will still fall well short of the 7 per cent of national income even Blairite[/q1]
[q1]> Peter Mandelson has admitted is really needed.[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Schools have only been kept going by teachers putting in 50-60 hour working weeks. Small wonder[/q1]
[q1]> many are quitting the job. Only a guarantee of manageable workload and decent pay will reverse the[/q1]
[q1]> haemorrhaging of qualified staff. But Education Secretary, Estelle Morris, calls a 35 hour week[/q1]
[q1]> for teachers ?potty?.[/q1]

Then why not axe all those school holidays ? Teachers work too many hours a week but not enough
weeks in a year.

[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Brown also made clear that he has no intention of rewarding the staff that are keeping our public[/q1]
[q1]> services going, demanding ?responsibility in setting public sector pay?. Councilworkers and[/q1]
[q1]> teachers need to take united action to win the salary increases they deserve.[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Teachers are also being driven out by the drudgery of lessons driven by the demands of National[/q1]
[q1]> Curriculum tests. Yet Brown?s cash will be dependent on schools meeting even more targets. This[/q1]
[q1]> will mean more pressure to concentrate on sterile ?teaching to the test?.[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> ?Successful? schools will be rewarded with more money[/q1]
[q1]> - like the specialist schools New Labour propose to use to break-up comprehensive education. Other[/q1]
[q1]> cash will be directed to divisive schemes like City Academies. But it?s the schools at the[/q1]
[q1]> bottom of the league tables, in areas of greatest poverty, that need the most support. Instead[/q1]
[q1]> Brown threatened them with closure, apparently resurrecting the discredited ?Fresh Start?[/q1]
[q1]> scheme.[/q1]

They should be taken over by the military.

[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Of course, while state schools struggle, independent schools can rely on better resources and[/q1]
[q1]> smaller class sizes ! Every child should have the same chance of a decent education as the sons[/q1]
[q1]> and daughters of the wealthy ![/q1]

I what way ? Describe in detail.

[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Instead of using funding to help further break-up comprehensive education, the Socialist Party[/q1]
[q1]> demands proper investment without strings attached.[/q1]

Why the Socialist Party ? Is that the one with Arthur Scargill as its leader ? Nobody supports
yesterdays men like him anymore. Even the BNP would do a better job with comprehensive education
than Scargill ever would.

[q1]> Unions must demand that Gordon?s extra billions are[/q1]

What extra billions ? We could save some money by kicking out all those bogus asylum seekers.

[q1]> turned into decent pay[/q1]

[q1]> and conditions for staff - the only way to guarantee decent learning conditions for children.[/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
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[q1]> socialistteachers.tripod.com[/q1]
[q1]> ******************************** *********[/q1]

It baffles my why anyone nowadays still supports that failed socialist claptrap.
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The Technical M
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User1951 wrote:

[q1]> Gordon Brown?s announcement of extra cash for education will be welcomed by parents and teachers -[/q1]
[q1]> but many will be wondering why it?s taken so long to deliver extra funding when education was[/q1]
[q1]> meant to be New Labour?s top priority ![/q1]
[q1]>[/q1]
[q1]> Brown says he wants to tackle ?past decades of chronic underinvestment?. Well successive[/q1]
[q1]> Governments - including his own - have certainly left schools underfunded and understaffed. Most[/q1]
[q1]> of Brown?s promised £15 billion will be needed just to repair the damage done by years of[/q1]
[q1]> underfunding. It will still fall well short of the 7 per cent of national income even Blairite[/q1]
[q1]> Peter Mandelson has admitted is really needed.[/q1]

The government needs to put money where its needed the most - like repairing leaky roofs, recruiting
new teachers and buying new textbooks and equipment. What they don't need to spend the money on are
all those sociology courses teaching kids about things like homosexuality or race awareness. Also
far too much of the education budget gets spent on computers most of which are used for purposes of
a dubious educational nature. ICT seems to be the in thing at the moment but in most cases all that
it does is teach kids how to produce a newsletter or report with a software package from Micro$oft.
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"User1951" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
[q1]> "Successful" schools will be rewarded with more money[/q1]

What's wrong with that ?
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User1951
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On Wed, 17 Jul 2002 16:08:03 +0100, "Dave Styles" <[email protected] o.uk> wrote:

[q1]>What's wrong with that ?[/q1]

This is an interesting idea. A school is successful and therefore needs more money. A school is
having difficulties and therefore requires less. Does that sound like a good idea to you?

If so how were you proposing to evaluate "successful"? I think a teacher who deals with profoundly
"difficult" pupils and gives them a sense of self-worth and some modest educational attainments is
"successful". But the inchworms of OFSTED can't measure it so it does not exist.

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jimbo
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Gordon Brown is a ****
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Gordon Brown
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Gordon Brown is a ****
I heard that.
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