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The following is my contribution to the debate on radio 4 right now as sent today to The Today Programme FaceBook page:

“What is it about 6 years of Primary teaching that so many kids haven’t reached ‘benchmarks’ in reading, writing and arithmetic – all of which could be taught in one year to ANY child. – I have observed how quickly any child from any background teach themselves to operate computers and can seriously speed type while texting!? Ans: classes are too big and there is too much casual scolding which cripples a child’s confidence… imagine, you or me in a class at adult college being ticked off for some petty thing or other or not grasping a concept: would you go back to that class and teacher? Get cameras into classrooms and let’s see what really goes on.

And many of the failing NEETS kids around here are amazingly astute at drug dealing and coming up with whizzes and wheezes for going about their business undetected….

Why is UK more or less the only country that allows kids to go too early into secondary and then, even if they haven’t reached benchmarks, meaning that they will never keep up – when most countries hold kids back until they can handle secondary?


Whoaaaa! Tantric Sex @ 8am on  BBC The Today Prog, how very naughty Evan Davis. Did you get your wrist slapped by editor? Haha. Yes, I heard PM David Cameron say this too (about his Euro in/out speech) and I  did a double take at the very thought of Cameron at it! Did Steve Bell make anything of that slip of tongue I wonder?

 Re the issue of a Black list of ‘trouble makers’ in the building industry: Doctor flipping Who now? Why no question asking Tories about the principle of whistleblowers (in McAlpine’s fiefdom) being protected by law? What happened to that promise?

 Re File on Four programme on Radio 4 last night: And Editors: how about a follow up of the revelations re File on Four prog last night, clearly showing (as 40 years ago when I was nursing at Gt Yarmouth General) in 2013 no 24/7 cover in NHS meaning: No Health and Safety Exec control of hospitals and seemingly no legal requirement of a Duty of Care to patients, who pay into this system all our lives whether we use it or not? Junior docs faffing around is the best one can expect after 5pm and weekends = unnecessary deaths of ‘you and yours’ result and who cares?

 On NHS/hospitals (not on Today btw) We are in EU so I suggest during 3 long hours, The Today Prog, squeeze in a daily report to reflect this instead the like of Doctor Who and similar? EG: from our UK off shore bubble, today I’d be interested to know if EU hospitals operate the same unsafe system as reported in last night’s File on Four programme? Does anyone know?

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