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Gareth Thomas
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I've been watching Sir John Sulston's Royal Institute Christmas
Lectures: The Secrets of Life. Brilliant teaching. A joy to watch. (What
did the Ofsted inspector sitting at the back make of it all?)

The extraordinary future world that has been opened up by the unlocking
of the human jean gnomes was demonstrated with great clarity and the
complex moral questions framed in ways that were closely adapted to the
young audience. As an English teacher, I did have some reservations
about the vocabulary he used. Did these kids come from a part of the
country where they still understand words with more than three syllables
in them? On the other hand, there was no doubt that this audience was
completely enthralled and engaged. They gave the impression they'll be
looking up the difficult words all through the next year.

Well done, Sir John. Encore! (Oh, and the Ofsted inquisitor's opinion?
*Unsatisfactory* Whole class teaching with no group work and he failed
to take the register.)

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Martin
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Gareth Thomas <[email protected]> wrote in message
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[q1]> vocabulary he used. Did these kids come from a part of the country[/q1]
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[q1]> in them?[/q1]

More or less - not so much where they come from, but who (whom?)
they need to be to get tickets. Offspring of RI members, or close
friends thereof.

But so refreshing not to be dumbing down.

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martin wrote:

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[q2]> > understand words with more than three syllables in them?[/q2]
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[q1]> More or less - not so much where they come from, but who (whom?) they[/q1]
[q1]> need to be to get tickets. Offspring of RI members, or close friends[/q1]
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Yes, there's probably something in that, and maybe the Channel 4
producers think Tarquins and Priscillas are more photogenic than the
Ashleys and Jazzmins.

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Yeah, right mate. Cushdy.

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I'm the human Jason Gnome, does that count for anything?

Jason

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In article <[email protected] uk>, martin <[email protected]
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[q2]>> As an English teacher, I did have some reservations about the[/q2]
[q2]>> vocabulary he used. Did these kids come from a part of the country[/q2]
[q2]>> where they still understand words with more than three syllables[/q2]
[q2]>> in them?[/q2]
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[q1]>More or less - not so much where they come from, but who (whom?)[/q1]
[q1]>they need to be to get tickets. Offspring of RI members, or close[/q1]
[q1]>friends thereof.[/q1]
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We're not RI members and we took our son in both 1999 & 2001.

Tickets available to the general public (details on web site - if you've
been before you also get details by post as soon as they're available)
- no advance booking for RI members but they do get a discount on
tickets.

Having said that, recordings mid-week afternoons and Saturdays in London
- requires time off school and parents with time/willingness to
accompany children. Tickets also not cheap. Adult tickets dearer still
for unreserved benches in the Gods!

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Kate Essex, UK Wife to John, Full Time Mother to Christopher (10) and
Rebecca (9)

"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about
the Rule of Three and a small career to tell one's own children about
the universe?
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