Parents launch court action over Christian school assemblies | Education

A couple who say their children are being religiously indoctrinated during Christian school assemblies are to launch a high court challenge. Lee and Lizanne Harris will say in a judicial review claim in the autumn that Burford primary school in Oxfordshire made their children take part in Christian prayers and watch re-enactments of Bible stories including the crucifixion. The couple withdrew their children from the assemblies but say the school refused to provide a meaningful alternative of equal educational worth.…

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High court bans Birmingham school protests against LGBT lessons | Education

Demonstrators protesting against primary school children being taught that people of all genders and sexualities should be treated equally have been served with a high court injunction. Birmingham city council made the application following several weeks of protests outside Anderton Park primary school in the city. Citing “increasing fears for the safety and wellbeing of the staff, children and parents”, the council said it pursued legal action after the situation had become “too serious to tolerate”. The interim injunction covers…

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2 questions about cheating, copying, and student ‘integrity’ | @mcleod – Education Article

We’re so quick to bemoan the lack of ethics in our students. They cheat. They copy. They take shortcuts on the work. We complain incessantly about their work ethic, their commitment to their classwork and homework, and their failure to find interest or meaning in the learning tasks we put before them. Lost in these laments is any recognition that a vast amount of what we ask our students to do in school is indeed actually meaningless. From a life…

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It’s 2018, not 1918. Basic skills are not enough. | @mcleod – Education Article

Here is a quote from Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis (who is a friend of mine). The context is a statewide conversation about higher education standards for Kentucky high school graduates. On Tuesday, Lewis said the current system already penalizes students by not actually preparing them for success. “When we give them a diploma without ensuring that they have basic skills and they go to post-secondary education and they hit a brick wall – when they get into those…

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Be proud of your pockets of innovation. AND… | @mcleod – Education Article

Every school system has pockets of innovation. Those three forward-thinking teachers in the elementary school, that one grade-level team in the middle school, the department that’s really trying to do something different at the high school, that amazing principal over there, and so on. As school leaders we’re proud of – and point to – that cutting-edge work and rightfully so. But we also have to recognize that pockets of innovation mean that inequities exist. What if you’re a student…

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