Monthly Archives: February 2012

Properties, homes and houses: delivered not built!

One of the indisputable facts about speech and language is that it constantly evolves over time; sometimes to meet new needs but more often to dress up the old as the new. I have already commented on some of these … Continue reading

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Mystical belief in the potency of financial and educational rating agencies.

Once upon a time, if history were to be believed,  all aspects of an individuals’ everyday actions were governed by all-knowing and all-powerful gods.  In short, the gods were both rating and regulatory agencies par excellence. The wrath of the … Continue reading

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Ofsted: not the tool for achieving outstanding education for all pupils

It is instructive to regard Ofsted not simply as an institution but as a tool for ‘raising educational standards’. There is, however, a simple conceptual reason why Ofsted not only is not, but cannot be the tool for ensuring that … Continue reading

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The hidden hand / arm of history

I recently discovered that two key historical figures, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who played a key role in starting WWI, and Stalin, who played a key role in WWII, had malfunctioning left arms/hands.  Wilhelm II’s was attributed to damage inflicted by … Continue reading

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