Save Our Children from Political Interference in Education

Dedicated to Serving Children's Needs is dedicated to promoting research based challenges

                                         We all automatically believe what we read or we are told without  pausing to think about it.  Forward 

        We all accept products and services in good faith, including governments, because we do not have the expertise to evaluate them. 

       Children only have one education. Politicians come and go. Initiatives that please the media or score political points and, or win votes in the next election will do little for children's learning interests.

    The damage that ill-conceived and ill-thought 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. They only have one life.


 “Save our Children from Political Interference” is website that is directed by Howard Gunn B.Ed., M.Ed., who is retired, is dedicated to independently representing children’s needs.  His  aspiration is that children’s education should be based on proven practices and science in similar way to medicine, even if the outcomes are politically unpalatable or publicly unpopular.  

   The person in the street often fails to understand that teaching is a deep science. An aim of this website is to educate the public.

     Paul Howard-Jones neuroscientist, educationalist, contends that professional teachers "Rewire the structure of brains in ways that can be as biological and ultimately as life changing as the effects of neuro-surgery." is also aimed at challenging those who make misrepresentations about educational issues, but most challenge are resolved without being published on this website.  His interest in Adult Welsh Language Learning is that Q.T.S. teacher take course for professional development purposes, older children can attend them, and English speaking adults can attend them to support children Welsh-medium education learning.

 has related website for professional teachers.

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.

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Wallace (2009) 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." 

The concerns that Socpie will address are:-     

  • the misinterpretation of the Pisa international school rankings that is causing political points scoring in the United Kingdom and is creating a doom and gloom attitude about school standards that has created pressure on governments to implement 'knee jerk’ reforms;
  • the unwillingness of politicians and the media to accept that children’s learning potential is not equal, which is damaging children’s education by creating unrealistic attainment targets; 
  • the political interference and the ‘fake new’ that is being disseminated in Wales about all Welsh language learning issues, children learning interests must come first;
  • the unacceptable awarding of 'micky mouse' degrees that undermining the status those have to work hard to achieve intellectually challenging degrees. i.e. circus studies;  
  • the low morale and impoverished public status of professional teachers.
Wales is more than a langauge. It is people. In respect of Welsh Language the vast majority of Welsh and English speakers are mutual respect for each other and they have high expectation for their children's education.  

       There are far too many "Tom, Dicks and Mary" believing they are authorities on education and some are even playing at being teachers.

Wallace (2009) in the researched Oxford Educational Dictionary 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, are tutors.      

      Amanda Spielman, new head of Ofsted contended

 Education is the great force of human advancement, of advancement of civilisation."

and that :-

“It a lovely combination of the human and the intellectual- it’s big, it’s
omplicated, but above all it has such a profound influence upon people’s lives!"

Professional teachers have the expertise to understand the implications of educational initiatives, how children respond to them and what children are capable of achieving. 


Educational Standards

 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.