Documentary detailing the community campaign against the forced academisation of Downhills Primary in 2012.
Some interesting scenes in this documentary. Effectively charting the campaign against something that was clearly a done-deal long before parents or school workers were told anything about it.
NUT will not be balloting members for industrial action at Warren Comprehensive after school drops academy conversion plans.
Warren Comprehensive in Chadwell Heath, east London, has dropped plans to become an academy. This week school governors voted against the plans to convert to academy status. NUT members and local councillors had been opposed to the proposed change.
Local NUT in Barking & Dagenham said:
NUT executive votes against strike action in March despite accelerated attacks on education
The National Union of Teachers Executive Committee today voted 22-20 against strike action in March. An initial date of 13 March had been expected.
Anarchist MMA fighter scores his biggest win in recent years over Alexander Emelianenko tonight.
For any MMA fans interested, Jeff Monson defeated Alexander Emelianenko tonight in St.Petersburg, Russia. Alexander is the brother of Fedor, who defeated Monson this time last year.
The fight video is available at this page.
Teachers unions announce industrial action plans
Today the two largest teaching unions, NUT and NASUWT, who represent the majority (90%) of school teachers in England, announced plans to begin action short of a strike on 26th September.
Jeff Monson was the guest on 'No Holds Barred' this week discussing politics, history, and the economics of mixed martial arts.
Monson starts by talking about his last fight in Russia, criticises Bolsheviks and Stalin,simplistic but definitely not yer average MMA show content!
A brief analysis of the fallout following the cancellation of UFC 151 with UFC bosses blaming one fighter for other fighters' lost wages.
A few days ago it was announced that UFC 151 would be cancelled, eight days before it was due to take place. Former Strikeforce and Pride champion Dan Henderson was forced to pull out of the headline fight due to cruciate ligament injury. Henderson was due to face current light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Saturday 1st September.
Kickstarting a discussion on Stephen Jay Gould's first popular book form the late 70s, Ever Since Darwin.
A few people had expressed interest in discussing Stephen Jay Gould's book, Ever Since Darwin, as part of a science discussion/reading group. The book was Gould's first collection of essays from his monthly Natural History column.
A few general points first, then some specific ones about the first four essays that comprise the first chapter/section.
Gould's writing style
Video about the Camden traffic wardens on three-day strike this week.
A few libcommers popped down to the protest yesterday in support of the three-day strike by Unison members who work for NSL. A mate of ours did a short video.
Gove sneaks massive reform in while no one's looking. I'd no intention of posting during the summer holidays, but this seemed important.
Qualified teachers wanted.
While the eyes of most people, both critical and uncritical, are drawn to the Olympics, secretary of state for Education, Michael Gove, has introduced possibly his most significant and destructive piece of reform.
Anarchist MMA fighter Jeff Monson chalks up another win in St Petersburg, and signs contract with Super Fight League.
Monson secured his 46th MMA win at Russian promotion M1's event in St Petersburg last week with a first round submission win over Denis Komkin (video). To form, Monson finished Komkin with his trademark 'north-south choke'.
NUT strike ballot, performance management & teachers' payscale, Gove and O-levels
Back after a break for job-hunting, and the things that I complain about in the blog, being the things that mean I didn't have time to write the blog! But this was important enough for me to bother my arse
NUT workload strike ballot
Teachers in thirteen primary schools in Birmingham are being balloted for strike action against plans to force them to become academy schools.
NUT and NASUWT, the two largest teaching unions, are issuing the strike ballot to members in an attempt to halt the expansion of the academies program through conversions. Academies are publicly funded, but run independent of local authorities and amount to the creeping privatisation of state schools.
Some scattered thoughts on this recent video of Noam Chomsky talking about the different interpretations of 'education'. This largely got me thinking about some of the functions of the schools I've worked in, and the effects on students
Chomsky displays his Enlightenment sympathies in his conception of education and his criticism of currently-existing educational systems:
A short post on a small act of solidarity from a Nature editor in the 1870s.
An act of solidarity
I hadn't come across this little bit of anarcho history before, but it's in Kropotkin's Memoirs Of A Revolutionist and Dugatkin's The Prince of Evolution. It refers to a small act of solidarity from a journal editor in England in the 1870s, and a not-so supportive act from a leading English biologist a few years later.
We know what the government does with 'failing' schools; turns them into academies.... but what do they do with failing academies?
When Downhills Primary was described as 'failing' it was forced to become an academy, despite massive community and worker opposition, even the headteacher and governors opposed the forced conversion. But Gove et al ignored the workers and parents, the head resigned, the governors were sacked, and Harris Federation, an academy chain took over.