More and less, it’s a con

Since the dismantling of Council run schools has progressed, we see the growth of free and private schools. But, those are no longer the luxury, lush kind, they are often in inadequate premises and with a lack of facilities.

There is no mod con, it’s just con.

Weren’t we all jealous of these luxury, pads in rural environments, castle-like structures, promised luxury upbringing for the wealthy.

Unfortunately today’s Conservative policies have ensured that private schools now means, paying more for getting less.

Those old council schools were purpose built and could house pupils in adequate rooms and facilities but today’s free schools just mean free to charge a lot for less.

My local private school promises astro turf facilities for sport but in fact they take their pupils to the local park and make them race on asphalt pavements on lanes, not wider than 60cm.

There are free schools in former office buildings, that do not have any sports facility but a roof top or another simply sticks their kids in an underground car park for break.

When I saw on TV yesterday that Tony Blair was the only successful Labour Prime for a while then I must say, he probably did more harm to Labour than good because he helped the Conservative establish their current modus operandi.

I now find myself, having to contact social services because I am concerned about a lack of care for children in private school facilities.

My local council is busy housing the poor in far away areas whilst the new residents of Tower Hamlets, who work and earn have to pay through the nose for small private schools, that have to rely on local parks to even have somewhere to take their kids in their breaks.

My local private school has put razor wire all around the premises but uses our local parks as outlet for their lack of space.

But, it is the local residents who pay through their service bills for the up-keep of parks and streets. ASB charges for leaseholders have trebled when in the past the Home Office just paid for police officers to be placed in localities around the city. Now police officers have been reduced and local residents have to pay to fund council employed police officers and ASB patrols through local landlords, when in fact a lot of ASB is being brought on by commercial activities in local parks, which attract drug dealers and hooligans to come into our neighbourhoods.

closing schools?

Why close schools wand blame educational processes for Covid-19? Doesn’t that just show somebody who wants to stop youth from mixing in educational establishments?

A lot of our young people’s learning and personal development is aimed at taking place in the school environment.

Whilst Greenwich follows the Major’s advice and closes all schools tonight, Hackney follows government advice and allows Covid-19 testing for all pupils and families if wished. That also fits in with the request of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine developers to obtain more test results from carriers who may not have symptoms to enable a more effective development of the vaccine, they are working on.

Our whole family development is more around getting children away from their natural famlies and into the educational institutions for prolonged hours. I doubt that parents – under normal circumstances – even get to see their own children much when they are working.Fair enough, there is the ability to learn through Teams or Zoom but then, there are also a lot of families who don’t have sufficient Internet access yet.

Here in Tower Hamlets around 50% of people do not use the Internet regularly.

I am just perplexed why the media only pushes Sadiq Khan’s request to close schools and doesn’t equally publish about the other education strategies equally strong.

Nice celebrities

If you want to let your kids learn good manners, let them watch the Celebs in the Jungle in Wales.

Nice people, personalities, can’t fault them. There is no hatred, no jealousy, just supporting each other and being helpful towards each other. Sooooooooooooooo sensible in all scenarios.

I would never have thought that British celebs are such wonderful people for real.

Children to starve because of scum comment

It’s literally beyond belief that Nicky Morgan suggests Tory MP’s would have voted for Free School Meals during the half-term holiday break if a Labour MP hadn’t called a Tory MP Scum during a debate.

Is that really happening? Children have to starve because some adults used swearwords against each other in a British Parliamentary session?

Here is a link to a petition, which demands that MPs no longer get free or subsidised meals in the House of Commons.

Here is the petition for free school meals which has now received 3/4 Million signatures.

Opposition doesn’t help young minds

It is true, that the more clashing material young people use to learn the less time do they spend working within the system to improve their lives.

I’m sometimes baffled with the stuff my daughter comes up with. Some critical thinking that mainly comes from teachers.

Whilst the government has asked schools not to use anti-capitalist material, something that of course must enrage every true Labour politician, kids are caught out in the middle. The state schooled kids that is.

Teachers with strong believes can muddle with pupils’ minds. That’s why it is important that parents talk to their kids. Because only through talking can we see what is going on in their minds.

My daughter came up with stuff that a teacher kept on talking about women’s lib in the context of her lessons. Masking everything into the enslavement of women. That sets a tone.

The latest one is that prisons should spend more money on prisoners. Young people can be influenced in all sorts of ways and often, taken by itself, a lot of arguments make sense to a young person.

Young people are often pre-occupied by fairness for everyone and giving equal chances. Anybody driving that agenda on social media gets a lot of young followers instantly.

That’s probably the curse of state-school pupils, the equality agenda. Whilst kids in private schools come from a wealth creation background, state pupils often come from a search for equality background.

That of course creates a clash in the long run.

Incredible flexibility

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has shown incredible flexibility – for a government – and altered decision making to fit the need of the people. That is something he should be praised for. They listened and acted to come up with best possible solutions.

I am also blaming the media for making a circus of it and stipulating calls for resignation rather than having some kinder comments to make. Perhaps that doesn’t attract readers.

Nobody could have anticipated the chain of events that happened after the realisation of Covid-19.

Unfortunately some opposition politicians critisize for the sake of making points and opposition instead of looking at the issue.

Especially in government departments like Education, we do not want a constant change in the ministerial lead. All those who communicate with the Deptartment of Education see how frustrating it is to get those notifications, that correspondence cannot be answered at the moment because of a change in leadership.

I very much welcome it that he doesn’t resign.

 

The exam result revolt

the latest decisions by education ministers reveal that pupils can use their Mock GCSE or A-level results if algorithms’ used to determine grades seriously lower their achievements.

We are in such a predicament. The school has been closed because of bad results – among other reasons. Yet my child’s results have always been above average. Went to a low-achieving Primary and the year of his SATs the school’s standing in the league tables rose.

Unfortunately for us, now in the school, which is also closing this year, the school has refused to supply a printed copy of the second Mock GCSE results.

The first Mock GCSE results already provide a pass for Sixth form entry but the second lot was even better. I do not understand why a school would refuse to give a printed copy of those mock exam results to pupils.

I have now contacted the head of education in the borough, Christine McInnes and the head of the closing school and the Executive head of the school who works in another school.

It is stressful to say the least.

The LBTH cabinet meeting

selective focus photography of two women s white and black tops

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

Spent the whole evening listening to the Tower Hamlets council cabinet meeting online and was amazed to hear that now Oaklands school has been called financially vulnerable because it has only a 4-form entry and is small.

The original plan was to close Raine’s Foundation because it was in debt and failed to attract pupils and to save money transfer Raine’s pupils to Oakland, expland Oaklands and then make Oakland viable.

The problem with this strategy was that the council has not secured the extra space for Oaklands to expand to.

The planned site, the Raine’s Lower schools has not yet been purchased by Tower Hamlets council and that is 2 years after the original decision to consider closure of Raine’s and transfer to Oaklands was made.

How can pupils now apply to Oaklands Sixth form when the Sixth form in Oaklands has not gotten a site yet?

It’s now July, school is back in September and the council still has not gotten a site to house the extra Oaklands pupils.

If that is not completely and utterly ridiculous for a council to drag pupils along in between schools and just leave to guess, which school has enough places for them is more than a worst service for education.

The council had more than enough time to secure enough space for pupils in the Oaklands ‘planned expanded Sixth form’ but so far the cuncil has failed to take decisive action.

The council now plays the same game with Oaklands that they previously played with Raine’s, playing the potentially financially unviable card and a closure may be necessary in the future.

I think it was unfair on Steering Group members to leave the situation in Limbo because pupils and parents alike were fearful that they would not find places to get a good education.

Parents didn’t want to apply to Oaklands because they did not have the extra spaces and so people probably get dispersed around the borough with Oaklands having to have problems over size.

It’s not really satisfying to hear the repeated shouts from Christine McInnes that Tower Hamlets has an excellent rate of pupils moving on to University, as this is not to continue if education gets scaled back the way they do.

They are cutting back sport and reducing school places at an alarming rate.  And whilst schools in Bethnal Green close, the youth centre has also been closed.

If the education in Tower Hamlets was really as good as they try to make us believe, wouldn’t pupils queue around the borough to get into our schools? But the opposite is the case, pupils leave the borough for Sixth form education and not a lot of pupils want to come into Tower Hamlets to learn. Normally with good schools people come from far and wide but not in Tower Hamlets.

 

Tower Hamlets a breeding ground for nonsense

kitchen knife

Remember people knives are for cooking not for violence. Photo by Lukas on Pexels.com

Having to live in Tower Hamlets comes with a great amount of displeasure. Some people used to sniff their noses at me at other locations in Britain when they heard that I reside in the borough.

A former employer dismissed my status as Neighbourhood Watch coordinator in ‘Tower Hamlets’ as something inferior to other boroughs.

How comes that young school girls feels empowerd to leave the country and join Islamic State undetected from their parents, friends or family?

Young girls are normally not that good in keeping secrets. They can lie but then they would need to feel a certain amount of safety and security prior to getting engaged in plans concerning their future.

But I do admit that girls who are involved with some Asian lads are extremely good in lying. One of my daughters gotten raped by a group of Asian men for years but she always lied to me about this. The police failed to prosecute the matter and so the rapists think they can get away with stuff like that in Tower Hamlets.

My current adopted child said she received threats to get stabbed from pupils of a school mainly used by Muslim pupils, if she considers attending there.

There is documented evidence from Church of England pupils who received similar threats.

My own daughter, now in her thirties threatened to slash my throat if I only mention my grandson’s name ever again. This led me to ask the lads dad to apply for sole custody of the boy.

How can a white girl get to use such language unless they live in a borough where such threats are common place? What normal daughter would threaten her own mother like that?

I am now estranged from my daughter who made those THREATS but that didn’t stop the council’s social services to ring me and ask wether I wanted remedial negotiations with my daugher and counselling to repair the relationship.

I refused, my own daughter didn’t even apologize to me. I rather forfeit the relationship with my own daughter rather than have threats and bad language to put up with.

Therefore it is quite understandable to me that the government now seeks to consider changes to legal aid rules, which enable people, who’ve had their citizenship removed for national security reasons, to use our legal aid to get to appeal to the national courts for Judicial Review.

Apparently the last interview I saw from Shamima Begum’s dad was when he was in Bangladesh. So if she has a father in Bangladesh why does she want to come back to Britain? Perhaps only Tower Hamlets would make her feel welcome.

I think our local MP Rushanara Ali has spoken up in her support. I have my own struggle with Rushanara who does very little to get the infra-structure of our local area, which houses the school, at which Shamima Begum attended modernised.

We had our local Church of England school closed in favour of council schools, which are mainly used by Muslim pupils.

The cultural changes here in Tower Hamlets are very fundamental. Cultural development is a very big driver for national security and community development.

However a trial of Shamima Begum in Great Britain would at least mean an in-depth investigation how it was possible that those girls could communicate so subversively with members of Islamic State and flee our country to join them.

No wonder pupil numbers drop

chest hospital

Chest Hospital remains boarded up

Raising a child in Tower Hamlets has become just that little bit more difficult now, with Shamima Begum and her other friends being raised in our immediate neighbourhood, I cannot help wondering what her return to Britain will bring. Her family must be from Tower Hamlets or she would not have gone to a Secondary in Old Bethnal Green Road.

It’s really bad if not just one but three mainstream pupils from a council run Secondary school leave the country to join a terrorist organisation.

But, this reflects the demographic in this borough. And now, Tower Hamlets Council is very busy closing schools because of falling pupil numbers.

I won’t send my child to a Sixth form in Tower Hamlets either. As far as I understand Sixth Forms in Tower Hamlets fail to attract the high number of brightest pupils they need to expand.

I shall send my child rather to Hackney than educate in Tower Hamlets.

Because of the pupil mix Tower Hamlets now even reduces sports education sharply. It’s a very sad state of affairs.

I am constantly writing to my Member of parliament because of many maintenance issues.

Just looking at the former Chest Hospital. Every time I walk past I need to look at the constantly decaying buildings within and nothing gets done at all. It would be better to develop the site. I definitely prefer shiny new buildings instead of crumbling bricks to look at.

 

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