Category: “Education

Private schools worse than State schools – unless it’s drugs you’re after. Discuss

Posted on 16 November 2009 | 12:11pm

Well, we got a good little debate going yesterday on the back of my blog on Fiona’s exchanges with Toby Young on Sky News over his plans to set up a new school. Amid the differences of opinion btween them was a shared disdain for the angst of middle-class parents who support State education in […]

Fiona Millar 5 Toby Young 0

Posted on 15 November 2009 | 1:11pm

Well done to Fiona Millar – I shall declare an interest shortly – in her just televised debate with Toby Young, who wants to set up his own school in West London. Ah yes, it was that Fiona, the one I have lived with for 30 years? As readers of The Blair Years will know, those […]

Why Tories and media cannot stomach GCSE success story

Posted on 27 August 2009 | 4:08pm

Lots of happy young people around today as the GCSE success story unfolds around the country. Cue lots of middle-aged, middle-class, media-driven moaning about dumbing down. There is something peculiarly and unpleasantly British about the refusal to take at face value the idea that in part because of extra investment, in part because of sustained […]

First triathlon of the summer for me, education award for Fiona

Posted on 12 July 2009 | 9:07am

The triathlon season is well under way, and today is my first of the summer. However, in part because of a shoulder injury which has prevented me from swimming, I am taking part in a relay, with Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist Tim Brabants the one getting wet for the cause, before I get on the […]

Will English always be the dominant language?

Posted on 11 April 2009 | 10:04am

In a Paris cab last week, an Algerian driver picked up on something I said and told me the French word ‘hasard’ (chance) came directly from Arabic. He had seen me on a TV programme the night before and said as an ‘ecrivain’, I ought to know that. First, I still feel odd when people […]

Spare me the myths and the whining

Posted on 15 February 2009 | 1:02pm

I stand to be corrected (and will happily publish such a correction here) but I think I am right in saying no national newspaper editor sends their children to State schools. This is worth bearing in mind when you read the relentless diet of negativity against State schools in our national media. The same applies […]