Monthly Archives: October 2013

CIVIC EDUCATION UNDER THREAT IN SPAIN

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning website:

http://www.eucis-lll.eu/news/eucis-lll-news/civic-education-under-threat-in-spain/

focussed on a full press release article dated 12 July 2013 about the Spanish government’s proposal in draft form “Education Act for the Improvement of Educational Quality”.  The Spanish Government intend to suppress Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights in primary, secondary and baccalaureate programmes.  This directly contradicts Spain’s commitments towards the Council of Europe.

In view of the economic, social and institutional crisis, this is not conducive to moving democracy forward.  This draft proposal, if agreed and finalised, will take Spain back in time and exasperate the next generation’s effort to discuss and make decisions in a democratic manner.   Young people should be given the opportunity to express themselves freely, discuss and debate topics in the school environment without fear of reprisals.  Through positive dialogue, acceptance of each other and trust in one’s ability will arouse the desire to make a difference in society.

The aim of the Spanish government should not just rest at educating followers but rather to develop and encourage aspirations for future leaders.

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Teachers Who Bully

Teachers Who Bully

Normal scenario is a child being bullied by another child – but what happens when it is the teacher bullying?

We need to define what teacher bullying is.

  • The teacher uses power to punish, manipulate a situation, or disparage a student beyond what is considered to be a reasonable disciplinary procedure.
  • The teacher bad mouths the student (in the lunchroom or teachers’ room) to other teachers.
  • Other students may notice that “he/she picks on your son/daughter”.
  • An insecure teacher e.g. who has problems expressing himself in the students’ native language may bully kids out of envy.
  • The teacher may be suffering from personal problems e.g. dealing with parent e-mail enquiries and starts bullying their child in retaliation.
  • Sadistist teacher:  May get pleasure out of humiliating students, hurting students feeling and being spiteful.
  • Teachers who bully may have been bullied in their childhood.

SUBJECT TIMETABLING

I certainly have been learning a lot about education since the last time I uploaded a post which regrettably was about five months ago!

I’m talking about subjects generally taught in schools.  Has anyone ever wondered how much time should be allocated teaching individual subjects?  I think that this question should be addressed when transferring knowledge, skills and habits to the next generation as well as analyzing school examination results in consideration of core and non-core subjects.

Core subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science

So in search of information, I came across the TES FAQ weblink which gives a guideline of the number of hours that should be taught of each subjects in KS1, KS2 and KS3:

https://sites.google.com/site/tesfaqs/timetable

KS1 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
21-hour teaching week
English 5 – 7½ hours 180 – 270 24% – 36%
Mathematics 3¾ hours 135 18%
Science 1½ hours 54 7%
ICT 50 minutes 30 4%
D&T 50 minutes 30 4%
History 50 minutes 30 4%
Geography 50 minutes 30 4%
Art & Design 50 minutes 30 4%
Music 50 minutes 30 4%
PE 1¼ hours 45 6%
RE 1 hour 36 5%

TOTAL

17½ – 20 hours 630 – 720 hours 84% – 96%

KS2 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
23½-hour teaching week
English 5 – 7½ hours 180 – 270 21% – 32%
Mathematics 4¼ – 5 hours 150 – 180 18 – 21%
Science 2 hours 72 9%
ICT 55 minutes 33 4%
D&T 55 minutes 33 4%
History 55 minutes 33 4%
Geography 55 minutes 33 4%
Art & Design 55 minutes 33 4%
Music 55 minutes 33 4%
PE 1¼ hours 45 5%
RE 1¼ hours 45 5%

TOTAL

19¼ – 22 hours 690 – 810 hours 82% – 96%

KS3 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
21-hour teaching week
English 3 hours 108 12%
Mathematics 3 hours 108 12%
Science 3 hours 108 12%
ICT 1 hour 36 4%
D&T 1½ hours 54 6%
History 1¼ hours 45 5%
Geography 1¼ hours 45 5%
Modern Languages 2 hours 72 8%
Art & Design 1 hour 36 4%
Music 1 hour 36 4%
PE 1½ hours 54 6%
Citizenship 45 minutes 27 3%
RE 1¼ hours 45 5%

TOTAL

21½ hours 774 hours 86%