Teenage schoolchildren working in the holidays – a massive benefit or a disgrace?

Somehow or other, a silly debate is raging here as to whether or not it is a good thing for teenagers to actually work in holiday time. It was kicked-off a couple of days or so ago when Esther McVey (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) wrote an article encouraging youngsters to go out […]

Education in the United Kingdom – what should children be aiming for?

  Some of our teenage children and grandchildren will be doing their mock GCSE exams at their school this year and indeed may have already begun them. This is probably the start of the most difficult period of time in their educational life, because it is the kick-off for the first truly important competitive qualification […]

A Nursing ‘national disaster’ heading for the United Kingdom’s NHS – oh, that was the headline 3 years ago? Or was it 20 years ago?

   Our beloved NHS is seen now to be chronically short of British nurses, and this has badly affected hospitals’ performance, patent care, morale, and not least financial budgets. Did we not know that was coming then? We certainly did, didn’t we? All those in the know were vitriolic in their public warnings that the […]

The demise of a previously proud Nation – “Education, education, education”?

    In Britain, when PM Tony Blair formed his first Labour government in 1997 he set out their top priority as being “Education, education, education”. Whatever one thinks of his three premierships, his insight on that issue was certainly astute, don’t you think? But in his ten years he got well blown off course […]

Should Men beware – are you on the way out?

The way most life species work is that there are two components to life itself and also in the creation of new life. Basically it is with male & female types involved, and each playing a different but significant separate role. It is true that in some forms of life that doesn’t apply – so […]

Our Society is being destroyed by ‘Obesity’ – time for it to be a Criminal act?

There has always been fat people around hasn’t there? If they were children they got verbally teased by their fellow pupils. If they were adults they were silently pitied. But they were certainly ‘noticed’. Why was that? It was because there were so few of them, that’s why. These days in Britain you can’t go […]

PM David Cameron’s cabinet – all the things they never said?

A ‘well trailed’ major Government reshuffle is well underway and however much you might have tried to avoid it, like the thankfully now ended World Cup, you won’t have been able to, but at least all your favourite TV programmes won’t have been cancelled – so look on the bright side wont you? Why there […]

YMCA – that’s a song isn’t it?

We have all heard of the YMCA haven’t we? But if challenged do we really know what it is? What it is about? Where it is? What it does? How big it is? Well, not really. Yes, we all do know about the song though –  YMCA the essential song for the crowds at the […]

British Education – Problem that’s solved then?

A previous post here (Programme for International Student Assessment) recounted the demise of education in Britain, as demonstrated by the UK’s sorry performance in OECD’s PISA latest survey on the state of global education – Asian counties topped the pile, while we have dropped down to the mid twenties (fifteen years ago we were in […]

England’s educational shame – GCSE’s?

Our kids in England have to go to school and unlike many other places in the World, not only are there schools here, but education is free (up to the age of eighteen anyway!). Like all things that come free, education is a facility that is scantily appreciated by many parents, abused, ignored, and disregarded […]