Archive for September 2012

Social Justice in Scotland

Social Justice in Scotland

  Alex Wood on a ‘perverse’ Scottish system that is intended to close the education attainment gap, but in fact does the exact opposite. I recently co-presented at a seminar with Florida Atlantic University’s Professor Ira Bogotch. He argues that social justice is a leadership construct which obliges educational […]

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Lesson in Prejudice

Lesson in Prejudice

“Imagine walking into a room. Everyone not only turns and stares but stops talking, turns their back, rolls their eyes: isolation, silence and self-worthlessness.” The recent Stonewall report on gay school students’ experiences suggests this is reality in many schools. More than 55 per cent of lesbian, […]

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After 32 years

After 32 years

After they are published in SecEd, I normally post my columns on the LinkedIn social network. It provides colleagues who perhaps do not see SecEd with a chance to read them. In June, one of my columns was headed Three types of poor teachers. It evaluated a proposal to introduce five […]

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Power to the People: Lothian Life review

Power to the People: Lothian Life review

In 2011, North Edinburgh Social History Group published ‘Never Give Up’, a vibrant history of social issues and campaigns in North Edinburgh over a period of 70 years.  We reviewed it in Lothian Life (http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/2011/07/never-give-up-%E2%80%93-say-north-edinburgh-social-history-group/), a review which excited considerable interest. The North Edinburgh Social History Group, […]

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Power to the People: Edinburgh grabs adult learning initiative

Power to the People: Edinburgh grabs adult learning initiative

In June 2011, the North Edinburgh Social History Group published Never Give Up, an illustrated history of a community’s fight for social justice.  A huge success, it deomstrated the often unseen, certainly unheralded, capacity of communities to improve the lives of their citizens and to create local […]

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Missed opportunity: Educational angle to Wallace exhibit deserved more attention

Missed opportunity: Educational angle to Wallace exhibit deserved more attention

The Scottish Parliament’s summer exhibition, Special Delivery: the William Wallace Letters, succeeds at three quite different levels, educational, historical and political. Unfortunately, the exhibition’s educational elements are physically less than obvious. One computer, facing away from the main exhibition, captures the work of five schools: John Paul […]

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Latter-day policing has much to teach us about a ‘coalition of the willing’

Latter-day policing has much to teach us about a ‘coalition of the willing’

John Carnochan, co-director of Strathclyde Police’s Violence Reduction Unit, is smart, powerful and sharp as a tack. I’ve heard him speak on Scotland’s culture of violence and ways to challenge it. Recently, I had the privilege of hearing him apply his policing experiences to leading change in […]

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Hers not reason why

Hers not reason why

Nationally and internationally, the Catholic church has been having a rough time. Its failure to root out paedophile priests and hand them over to the criminal justice system just about seemed to have blown over when, in Scotland, it became embroiled in the same-sex marriage issue. Keen […]

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