I just went for a blog walk and ended up at Becta
I've been looking around at some other blogs today though and I see that this one could very easily make mine redundant anyway, if I wanted to retire. It's so good, we'll even give it a picture link:
Lisa has posted a 'myths' series there this week, including:
Myth 1 (Monday): Children today require greater protection
Myth 2 (Tuesday): Education and welfare are inextricably linked
Myth 3 (Wednesday): Home education is school at home
Myth 4 (Thursday): State schooling is fit for the 21st century
Myth 5 (Friday): The state knows better than parents
And, even better..
The plan is to summarise this and send it to Graham Badman as requested in the hope that he will actually read everything.
This is brilliant. I still haven't formulated my 'single side of A4' for him, but am thinking it through in the background while life goes on. I'm glad someone else is getting theirs sorted in a more organised way!
Elsewhere, I got quite a strange feeling to glance at Carlotta's blog this morning and see that she's posted my LA's response to the review! Reading that, I think more meetings with them are definitely in order. We went to meet with them a few years ago, but life took over and we didn't follow up very well. It seems like the time to remedy that is well overdue.
Mamacrow posted Logical Song in response to the lyrics that Sheila posted here. It's a good anthem for us, as is the one they were talking about on AHEd last month.
I also want to mention this post by Lanna at *headdesk*:
I really love her use of the term: resource manager! And this:
It’s counter-intuitive to take children away from their most nurturing relationships to be managed by institutions that may be well-intentioned, but ultimately are not invested in children individually or for the long-term. Conversely, it seems intuitive to me as a mother that childhood should be family-centric, with the release of children to other people who can inspire them orchestrated at a pace that will benefit them the most.
Lanna's post was inspired by this news story - about a survey conducted by Becta! Is it just me, or is all this going around in circles? No wait, let's look at the agenda..
Becta calls for uptake of simple technologies to aid three-way dialogue between school, parents and children.
You could just have a dialogue between parents and children and cut out the middle man? Which is the essence of Lanna's post, I think.
If you've emailed me in the past couple of weeks, you're probably still waiting for the reply. I've got lots of replying to do and not all that much spare time these days in which to do it, so please bear with me and accept my apologies. I'll get there eventually.