Category Archives: Education

Why Yes is the Answer III: It’s the Economy, Stupid

There is a clear case for an independent Scotland to prosper more than it has to date within the UK. I confess that I have not examined all the contrary evidence put out by HM Gubmint on its website at … Continue reading

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Independence of Education

Time was a Scottish education was regarded as thorough, useful and a positive mark for the person who had passed through it. But, like those glory days when Scotland had the highest GDP per capita in the world and that … Continue reading

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Never Too Old to Learn

I stopped celebrating birthdays decades ago and have just passed an age milestone that America named both a Route and a sixties rock ‘n’ roll song after. Yet each day still brings something new and long may it remain so. … Continue reading

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On Yer Bike

With crocuses pretty much done and daffodils coming on like a billion smiles, Spring is here, which means Walk to School Week can’t be far away. Although these pages have seen little on this topic, it is one on which … Continue reading

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Scotland Is Not Just Geography

It was Henry de Bohun who changed history catching, as he did, Robert de Brus out in front of his army at Bannockburn on a light palfrey. Despite de Brus’s glancing blow with his battle axe, de Bohun’s helmet held … Continue reading

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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

As is its repeated wont, the massive EIS union has waded out into deep political waters well over its head by pressuring the Scottish Government to make all school meals free for pupils in the first three years of primary … Continue reading

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Man, You’re Welcome; Now Go Home

One of Scotland’s many blessings is its international reputation, built on many varied and dazzling things but not least on the warmth and welcome of its people. As Billy Wolfe, one-time SNP Leader and inveterate champion of Scotland and its … Continue reading

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Head Examination

This weekend, a minor fracas broke out in Scottish education circles that barely broke the surface of the media. Professor Andy Hargreaves, an educationalist based at Boston College in the United States, was reported as saying that “England’s education system … Continue reading

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Kailyaird Kulchur

Margaret Curran MP has come in for some stick in these columns for being venally closed-minded when it comes to her nationalist political opponents. Nonetheless her piece in today’s Hootsmon has much to commend it in its broad and staunch … Continue reading

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Fog in Education; Continent Cut Off

Tuesday was a big day for 151,000 expectant Scottish pupils who received their exam results—and very well they did too. Praise is due to their efforts, plus those of their teachers (and hopefully, most of their parents) to bring in … Continue reading

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