We all automatically believe what we read or told without pausing to think
Socpie is now seriously concerned about the Donaldson Report
which is proposing to compel all children in Wales to be Educated through the Medium of Welsh.
No country in the world compels it children to be educated in a language other than there native one.
There is also live Welsh Government Petition about Welsh for Adult teaching.
Children only have one education. Politicians come and go. Initiatives that please the media or score political point and, or win votes in the next election will do little for children's learning interests. There are political pressure groups fighting their causes also.
damage that ill-conceived and ill-though through educational policies can have upon children can be as great as poor medical care, but the effects of it are often not seen
by those who posit them. Children only have one education.
There are a
lot of 'fake news' and 'neuro-myths' being circulated about
educational issues. The person in the street often fails to understand that
teaching is a deep science. An aim of this website is to cite
those who posit them and to offer references to support the citations.
Ann Mortz, Editor of the Times Educational Supplement, made the appeal to save children from political intereference in response to the criticism of the contraversial rigorous English 2015 primary Sats in her 15th May 2016 editorial.
Socpie , which is being developed into a professional association of qualified teachers, respects the fact that children's education is too important to be left to political rhetoric, hope, optimism and guesswork.
The Welsh Government is now reviewing its proposals that all children in Wales should be compelled to learn through the medium of Welsh in Wales after a successful Socipe campaign.
There is now a campaign abou Welsh for Adult tutoring. This is because professional teachers are expected to learn Welsh for professional development purposes and native English speaking parents who chose their children to be educated through the medium of chose to learn Welsh to help children. There are concerns about 'Fake News' advice being offered by certain Welsh for Adult tutors
Webites hgunn.uk - consultancy
elswales.uk - English Lang. Soc.
Wallace (2009) in the researched Oxford Educational Dictionary states that:-
"Although like most other professions.
teaching requires a lengthy period of training and adherence to a professional
code of conduct, many would argue that that are not normally accorded the parity of status with the other
professions, such as law and medicine."
It also states that only legally
qualified Q.T.S. and Q.T.L.S teachers are only entitled to call themselves teachers. Even university academics, accept those in University Schools of
Education, are tutors, but we live in society where many "Tom, Dicks and
Mary's" believe they are entitled to offer claimed informed
educational opinions and some call themselves teacher when they offer a
learning service or engage in political campaigns. The feature of high performing Pisa countries like Finland
and even South Korea (where teachers instruct) is that their teachers
professionalism is valued are respected.
Amanda Spielman, new hexd of Ofstead contended
“Education is the great force of human advancement, of advancement of civilisation."
and that :-
a lovely combination of the human and the intellectual- it’s big, it’s
complicated, but above all it has such a profound influence upon people’s lives!"
Professional teachers have the expertise to understand the implications of ew educational initiatives, how children respond to them and what children are capable of achieving.
The concerns that Socpie will address
The Cockrcoft Report 1982 into mathematical education, which took five years to research and compile, referred to concern raised about standards in the subject dating back to 1886. He contended in the early 1980s that there was unrealistic expectation of what children can be expected to achieve in the subject. A new book "The Testing Charade" by Daniel Kortez illustrates the cheating and other problem that has arisen in United States , because of the unrealistic educational targets being set.
Although it appear politically unpalatable for politician's to admit, research clearly illustrates that the learning potential of children is not equal. Every person brain is as unique as their faces. Enabling children to reach their full learning potential can have a profound influence on their future lives.
There is no simple answer to problem of differentation in education, but children are not clones, and we cannot expect all children to reach the same standard of attainment. Success will always be more difficult to certain children to achieve than others, however hard they work, especially in basic skills like English and mathematics.