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We Moved Schools For Our Son To Find His Tribe

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2012/09/18/we-moved-schools-for-our-son-to-find-his-tribe">We Moved Schools For Our Son To Find His Tribe</a>

I knew from very early on that I had a sensitive child on my hands. Actually it was my mother who commented first but that’s the way it goes when he was my first child and her 7th grandchild. “He’s sensitive, this one.” He was only a few months old but she knew ... I can’t remember if it was Mr 10’s Kindergarten year, or Year One, but it was certainly very early on the day I picked him up from school and he informed me, “Mummy, I’m not like the other children.” Read full article

Five Years Jail Term for Seeking a Better Education for Your Child?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/01/five-years-jail-term-for-seeking-a-better-education-for-your-child">Five Years Jail Term for Seeking a Better Education for Your Child?</a>

I thought I’d misunderstood the headline: Homeless Mom Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for “Stealing” Son’s Education. How do you steal someone’s education? Did this mother forge her name on to her son’s graduation certificate, or masquerade as him during his University biology class? No – U.S. mother, Tanya McDowell, simply placed her five year old son in a school district in the United States in which she did not have permanent residence. When I investigated further, I found that the headline was not entirely accurate: McDowell was actually issued with a twelve year sentence, suspended after she serves the first five years. Read full article

Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/30/parents-and-teachers-is-there-a-great-divide-in-education">Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?</a>

Today the Sunday Telegraph published a story headlined "Our Great Divide on Schools Revealed." The gist of the article is that parents want more say in the running of schools and they want the best teachers rewarded. I say yes to both of those ideas but I don't believe there's necessarily a "deep divide"... 49% of teachers surveyed do not want excellent teachers to receive more than their colleagues that under-perform ... 48% of teachers do not want “bad teachers” to be sacked Read full article