JOHN TAYLOR GATTO TO VISIT SCOTLAND

August 21, 2008

I’ve not been this excited since I saw my academic heroes Chomsky and Finkelstein.  I picked up some A.S. Neill books in 2003 that changed my life and led to my looking at other sources on education.  Later I found John’s lectures online and have listened to at least 10-20 of them several times each.  I’m so glad he’s visiting and Scotland is in for a real treat.  He is a great thinker and a great moral actor.  He left the education system as he no longer wanted to hurt children and has since spent his time learning and teaching about the history of schooling in America (which has similar roots in Europe and Scotland).  For more information see his website, wikipedia page, check out previous entries in this blog or listen to the lecture below.

Scotland’s national home education support organisation Schoolhouse has announced it is to host a major conference in Arbroath, Angus, on Friday 12 September to mark International Freedom in Education Day 2008.  More on the Learning Without Limits Conference.

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Defend Civil Liberties in Scotland

December 11, 2007

Sister defends Atif Siddique on Bebo

 

Ayesha Siddique has turned to the social networking site Bebo to campaign in support of her brother  Mohammed Atif Siddique. Atif was jailed for 8 years at Edinburgh High Court in October for “terrorism” offences connected to his use of the internet. Following media interest, the Bebo page has been made “Friends only”. Full report in today’s Scotsman. http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1928872007.

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Troops Out of our Schools! Thursday 30th August

August 30, 2007

TONIGHT in Glasgow! – A really interesting event that all teachers should support!  For my views on the subject please see my previous post.

School Students Against War Public Meeting
7.30pm Langside Halls, 1 Langside Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow
 
Speakers Include:
Rose Gentle (Military Families Against War), Sam Fairbairn (School Students Against War), Lorna McKinnon (Student, Bellahouston Academy)
 
Bush and Blair’s war on terror has left Iraq in ruins.  655,000+ have died at their hands.  The occupying forces are failing to provide basic public services while they rob Iraq of its oil wealth. Hundreds of British soldiers are dead as a consequence of the war.  Troop morale is at an all-time low: senior military figures and ordinary soldiers are increasingly speaking out against the war.  Others are voting with their feet by leaving the army in record numbers. Faced with troop shortages, the military are conducting a recruitment drive among the most vulnerable young people in our society.  Now, school students and teachers are speaking out against military recruitment in schools.
 
Troops out of Iraq, Troops out of our Schools!

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Pupils lead the way with blogging

June 25, 2007

Woodhill Primary School in Scotland has shown that Podcasting and Blogging can be useful educational tools.  After receiving permission from the local authority and handling security issues the school has been using ICT technology to enhance learning and to communicate with schools through Europe (e-Twinning).

“The children look forward to the project time, they enjoy being out of the classroom environment.
She added: “It is extremely effective way of teaching and we are starting to introduce these methods into our normal language lessons.”

Both teachers and parents say they have seen a huge improvement in their vocabulary, confidence in speaking and their accents since they started the blogs in January.

Emails have been exchanged with classes in Trinidad and Tobago as well as in China, swapping experiences of life in the childrens’ home countries.

The ability to answer questions and communicate with teachers and pupils in France and in Coventry is a motivation for pupils to log on regularly.

They enjoy reading emails from their international friends in the ‘e-twinning’ link with a school in Nancy.

Primary seven pupils on a trip to Paris updated their blog from hotel rooms, adding pictures and sending electronic postcards to classmates at home. 

Pupils lead the way with blogging