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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern classic, 17 Oct. 2013
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Mr Gove has so much to say about many things. It is a delight to read his considered thoughts on education. As a headteacher I sometimes find that the quantity of initiatives coming into schools can be overwhelming and ill-considered. This book contains no such initiatives. Everything in it comes from Mr Gove's carefully thought through grand plan for education, lucidly presented which makes for an easy read for anyone, whether they scored 40 in a pathetic phonics test or zero. The grammar is impeccable and clearly benefits from regular testing against no statutory criteria, and I am pleased to see an explanation of the term "dash cohesion" which I find in the new national curriculum (draft) and nowhere else in the English language (internet anyway). The section on assessment is particularly illuminating, as it so accurately reflects the new national curriculum's approach to assessment, (though to properly reflect this he should really have included a test at the end, which could be changed without notice). I am looking forward to writing on these pages myself, as I am sure every other teacher in the country is.
In short, a modern classic, containing the all the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime of listening to noone but himself.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2013 22:33:38 BDT
I disgreee re grama. I thourt it was bad. Needed editting.

Posted on 17 Oct 2013 23:27:54 BDT
A. Gregson says:
"to properly reflect..." - split infinitive. Thank goodness we have Mr Gove to sort things out.

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 23:05:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Oct 2013 05:47:06 BDT
Perfect says:
How does he manage to cram it all in to just 98 pages?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2013 07:47:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Oct 2013 07:48:29 BDT
leofwine says:
What is wrong with splitting an infinitive? As Kingsley Amis said the "rule" regarding split infinitives is no more than a wan**r's superstition.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2013 10:11:18 BDT
Well said - an outdated rule. Anyway language is on the move, evolving from generation to generation.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2013 10:16:57 GMT
unlike our education system, which is returning to tom brown's school days.

Posted on 3 Feb 2014 21:51:37 GMT
Read Head says:
My heart goes out to all teachers who have to put up with Mr Gove's ideas. In Scotland we are - thankfully - free to use our own professional judgement instead of being dictated to by this man. I think I'll buy a copy of this book, however. I may put it in the staffroom for these days when you just need an outlet for your feelings of frustration.

Posted on 4 Jun 2014 22:59:36 BDT
H. Harris says:
is this book a good gift for a newly qualified primary teacher?

Posted on 7 Jun 2014 23:56:06 BDT
carboro says:
lol!
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