03 May 2007

Super Thursday

Noticed this on the BBC:

School science changes 'rushed'

experiment using Bunsen flame The move to a more flexible school curriculum in England is being rushed, leading science organisations claim.
Learned societies, teachers and others say it is alarming that changes for 11 to 14-year-olds are not being piloted.

Schools are under too much pressure from other developments to implement the changes in 2008 successfully, the group argues. They should be postponed.
Anybody else see any other controversial news that might "disappear" in the rush of election news today?


The Stonemason said...

Flexibility in the school curriculum is to be encouraged as much as possible. As the son of two teachers I have seen the way in which the rigid national curiculum has degraded the teaching profession, sapped its creativity and undermined its professional status. As the father of two primary school children I have had, and am still having, to deal with the effects of
the application of rigid system and methodology and the way it fails our children. The facilities may never have been better but the quality of teaching may never have been worse. Where are my school vouchers?

Steve said...

Theresa May has compiled the following list of "bad news stories" buried by Labour during the fallout from the elections (quoted by ConservativeHome):
1. More than £5 million was spent last year trying to recover tax credit overpayments (HC Hansard, 3 May 2007, Column 1810WA)
2. £466 million was paid out in damages and legal costs by the NHS for clinical negligence claims (HC Hansard, 3 May 2007, Columns 1847-1848WA)
3. The tender to organise ‘Skills Challenge: A Public Debate’ was won by Opinion Leader Research – an organisation with close links to Gordon Brown – with a contract value of £153,484.38 (HC Hansard, 3 May 2007, Column 1807WA).
4. It was revealed that 197,441 complaints had been made about accommodation provided for members of the armed services by the Ministry of Defence (The Sun, 4 May, p.39)
5. The Government was forced to back down and will now allow a vote in the House of Commons on the Government’s handling of Home Information Packs (HC Hansard, 3 May 2007, Column 1646)
6. DEFRA’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) reported on genetically modified crops.  Its deputy chairman said that the UK could get its first commercial production of GM crops within two years (The Daily Mail, 4 May, p.4)
7. A Freedom of Information request showed that a hospital superbug killed four people at one of the Government’s flagship £229 million hospitals (The Daily Telegraph, 4 May, p.14)
8. The Office for National Statistics revealed that half the register offices in England and Wales have suspended the new £6 million IT system for recording births and deaths (Financial Times, 4 May, p.4)
9. 128 rural post offices closed last year (HC Debs, 3 May 2007, Column 1820WA)
10. The number of hectares of land in Afghanistan used to cultivate opium poppy increased from 109,103 in 2005 to 180,300 in 2006 (HC Hansard, 3 May 2007, Column 1821WA)
11. The Department for Work and Pensions spent nearly £4,000 on media training for ministers last year (HC Hansard, 3 May 2007, Column 1829WA)
12. Insolvency Service statistics show that a record number of people were declared insolvent in the first quarter of 2007.

Super Thursday 2 said...

What about stories buried under Bliar's oft-pre-announced pre-resignation speech today? ID card costs rocket to £105