World cup vigil edition number two sees the “sparky” Gillian Campbell-Thow, Scottish Teacher of the Year Join Matthew again to talk about the poverty gap in education and to turn it around to a potential “poverty of aspiration” gap!
We noted with sympathy that England’s World Cup team were struggling as we recorded. Commiserations to the fabulous Englishman Steve Rogers and congratulations to the terribly-partisan-about-all-Spanish-speaking -peoples Gillian Campbell-Thow on Uruguay’s win.
Tonight is the opening game of the (Soccer) World Cup. Steve was therefore unable to commit and prioritise appropriately! (The Tour de France would have been understandable)! At short notice, friend of Inside Learning, Gillian Campbell-Thow stepped in to fill Steve’s size 13’s. Thank you for that Gillian.
The “Billster” (@literacy adviser) is jetsetting in Canada and was therefore not available either. One suspects he may have holed up in front of a television screen somewhere too. We almost had languages guru Joe Dale onboard, however, his jet-set lifestyle left him so eye-droopingly knackered that he has had to agree to reschedule:-)
Letters are being written, and delivered -oh yeah! Including one to Dr Schleicher. In Matthew’s absence Bill and Steve bring the show home in good time, hitting the sub 45 minute mark – wait and see!. Tonight Bill and Steve chew over the education news and return to some on-going themes, such as concerns about Pisa, a political spat raises question about Gove’s ideology, OFSTED and their objectivity. The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas gets a mention too.
After our fortnight of pining for our podcast fix, the talk flows tonight. Bill joins us for tonight’s news edition, dominated by a trawl through our encounters with English Literature and Matthew’s admission that he was never that keen on Steinbeck anyway. The issue of the English literature syllabus raises serious concerns about how we have an exam system that constricts teachers and young people in their engagement with literature. Does Mr Gove’s fondness for American cultural icons extend to line-dancing to a Maverick’s tune? The mind boggles.
Apologies to all those listeners who are pining away for want of your regular insidelearning.net fix. Matthew and I have just been so busy of late that we have not been able to get a podcast out. We will be back next week with a regular news edition. Meanwhile, use the opportunity to listen to any of the back episodes you might have missed (as if you would have missed them!)