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Education: My Part in its Downfall (Frank Chalk Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Chalk
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Book Description

"We've got two problems: We can't make the kids behave and we've gone mad."
Frank Chalk

This hard hitting and hilarious sequel to the best selling 'It's Your TIme You're Wasting' lays bare the lies told by successive Governments about how everything is constantly getting better in the modern state education system.

Chalk describes his time at the horrendous St Jude's School where in his words: 'we strive to let everybody down equally'.

With a motto of "Two out of Ten Ain't Bad" this is no school for the faint hearted, but its humour and compassion make the book essential reading for parents or indeed anyone who wants to know what really goes on in British schools today.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051BID7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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As a Local Government worker, I am neither a teacher nor a police officer, but I work with and have relatives in both professions. I read Frank Chalk's first book at the same time as I read "Inspector Gadget's" Perverting the course of Justice, and I would highly recommend reading both together as they give an excellent all round picture of why this country is in absolute mess, as everyone excluding the violent, criminal and feral are completely let down - our young children, the hard-working 'moral majority' and our vulnerable elderly. If Frank Chalk & Inspector Gadget compared notes, I have no doubt the inestimable teacher would be accurately pointing out Inspector Gadget's future collars, those merciless criminals who are serial rapists at 10 and serial killers at 13. From a different perspective, education and social order, each book accuses and then proves the guilt of the same attitudes, world-views and liberal fanaticism that tries to claim, "bad is good and good is bad."
This book is a worthy sequel, and I hope to be able to read a new Inspector Gadget to go with it soon. The regrettable thing is that so many reviews say this should be required reading by Theresa May, etc, etc (I'd be interested in Gadget's opinion on the new administration); the thing is that I have no doubt it is - all the Cameroon and Government policy advisers no doubt do read these books, but half of them are the foxes slaughtering the chickens in the first place and to misquote Albus Dumbledore, the rest will always do what's easy instead of what's right, because they're only interested in keeping their cushy jobs and lavish expenses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant read 26 May 2011
By JMT
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As a huge fan of the first book, I was not disappointed by this next offering. The author has an amazing knack of getting serious (and unfortunately true!) points across while managing to make you laugh out loud throughout this book. Would highly recommend getting this and its predecessor for a hilarious insight into the great British education system!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I very much enjoyed the stories of classroom misbehaviour in Frank Chalk's first book, It's Your Time You're Wasting. Education: My Part in its Downfall moves the focus from the children to those who run state education - the managers, head teachers and their teams, advisors, and trainers. Frank Chalk illustrates how the crackpot theorists and weak managers engage in a dance of death with disaffected children and their ignorant parents, leading to a downward spiral in standards and performance.

The style remains amusing, in spite of the seriousness of many of the topics, and so it's a rattling good read a well as being informative and bang up to date.

I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5 for two reasons. First, it could do with independent proofreading. The sprinkling of typos irritates, and errors such as using disinterested to mean uninterested make me wince slightly. Second, in his chapter on Faith Schools, the author allows himself a little anti-religious rant, which is off-topic, and, more importantly, lacks comedy value. A good editor would have seen to both faults, but I guess that's self-publishing for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 4 Jun. 2011
By Yogi
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On the strength of Frank Chalk's previous book, the excellent 'It's Your Time You're Wasting' (which I do recommend) I was expecting a funny, revelatory and interesting read.

Unlike the first book, unfortunately, this doesn't really deliver those things.bIt feels a bit thrown together, the structure is lacking, and it is seemingly unedited (or proofread!).

There are one or two amusing lines, so I give it 2/5, but it didn't really tell me anything that the better first book didn't.
Must try harder Frank!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed Frank Chalk's 1st book and this is not massively different, being more of the same, perhaps just slightly more opinionated. I guess most readers will have had their fill with the one book though, so while this is perfectly good and I'd gladly see it through, I can't rate it quite as highly as its brilliant predecessor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars was this book spellchecked? 28 Mar. 2012
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a good read that provided an insight into a teachers life. however i feel that it constantly reflects bad young people and not the majority of fantastic teenagers in britain. he also on several occasions has made spelling mistakes , the main one being the word would being spelt wood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 29 Dec. 2012
By Vicflex
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I enjoyed this book, having read Frank's first book I bought this one, However I found this one to focus more on government policies on education and not so much the school in his first book. However I would recommend it if you enjoyed his first book or are a teacher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars must read - Its your time your wasting 18 Feb. 2013
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After reading It's your time your wasting I thought that this would follow on with the funny but true antics of working in a Secondary School.
This book looked more into the policies within the school.
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