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What’s the problem with a broad education? (Or why Nicky Morgan is wrong)

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I wasn’t going to get too heated about UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s apparent suggestion that students should ditch the arts humanities in favour of the sciences. I wasn’t going to rise to the bait of yet another politician seeming … Continue reading

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The other education reforms under consideration by Michael Gove

There is much excitement at the current exam reform proposal from Education Secretary Michael Gove. The last wheeze appears to be to take a leaf out of the Thomas Gradgrind book of education, make learning less interesting and more about … Continue reading

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Five shocking moments in Manx politics this year

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It was quite a surprise to learn last week that after months of discussion, a committee comprising representatives of the House of Keys and the Legislative Council could not decide whether reform of the latter was a good thing in … Continue reading

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EastEnders: The Early Years (A foundation stage soap opera)

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With the current standard of storylines in the leading soap operas stretching credulity further than a Chelsea player’s evidence at an FA hearing, the BBC has decided to go back to basics and try something a little simpler with its … Continue reading

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Don’t show any fear: how to survive a pre-school trip

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I’ve just survived helping out on a pre-school trip. More importantly, so did the children. It’s an eye-opening experience which, as a parent, leaves you with even more admiration for the staff who, day in, day out, marshal tiny troops … Continue reading

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Wellies don’t help with depth perception: more man-to-man advice from father to son

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Son, it’s been a couple of weeks since our last man-to-man discussion, when it was you doing the talking. So I think it is only right that I keep up with my fatherly responsibilities and impart some more advice of … Continue reading

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Mr Robertshaw, what guarantees can you give that your welfare escalator won’t become a stairway to heaven?

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Next Thursday will see the release of the first Tynwald question paper of the Isle of Man’s parliamentary year. Normally such an event sees an opportunity for point-scoring, settling scores and playing to the gallery. Here are a couple of … Continue reading

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Daddy, we need to sit down for another chat about nursery

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One month ago, a father sat his son down for a chat about starting nursery. Now, the son replies to share some of his experience. Hey there Daddy. So, this is what you’re doing when you are tapping away at … Continue reading

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Son, it’s time for a man-to-man chat about nursery

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It has finally arrived, the time for my son to start at nursery school. Like most parents, there is a mixture of dread, pride and excitement at this big moment. So, it feels as though it should be time for … Continue reading

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Crystal ball gazing for the year ahead in Manx politics

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The summer is nearly over, so it’s time to take a look at the political year looming ahead. Here are six predictions for the Isle of Man. At least one of the current Council of Ministers will not be in … Continue reading

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