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I'll tell you what to teach, what to really really teach

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Vince_Ulam, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter


    Geri Halliwell exploring opening own free school

    'The former Ginger Spice, independently wealthy and married since last May to the millionaire Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner, told the Mail on Sunday: “I believe in education. It’s an empowering fundamental human right that everyone deserves. Education is a foundation for life.”

    A spokeswoman for the Department for Education confirmed that there have been discussions with Halliwell, but stressed that the plans were at a very early stage.

    (TheGuardian.com, 25th October 2015.)

    Is it April Fools Day so soon?
  2. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Come on Vince, give her a break. It is nice to see someone in her position do something like this even if she may seem a bit naive. She certainly doesn't have to.

    I am with you all the way on any criticism of Free schools but how can you put down anybody who says:
    “I believe in education. It’s an empowering fundamental human right that everyone deserves. Education is a foundation for life.”

    Education Girl Power, I say!
  3. drek

    drek Star commenter

    perfect. What we did not pay in tax we paid to turn the ordinary into millionaires. (Simon, louis, rooney et al), they exel at keeping us all titivated, one way or the other after all.
    So perhaps it is right that they should run the country and all its 'systems' directly rather than as donors?
  4. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Dumb leading dumber?
  5. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Hopefully the curriculum will include lessons on girl power, explaining to the pupils how a good education will allow them to emulate Halliwell's path to success by, like her, "getting them out for The Sun", parading for the press in a bikini at every opportunity, and whoring any product thrust at them.
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  6. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    We're overrun with educational establishments in this country. If she believes passionately in education, there are plenty of places overseas that would welcome her and her chequebook with open arms.
  7. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter


    It was only recently she was looking into adopting a little brown child. Could be a two birds, one stone sort of thing in the offing...


    But Halliwell, who recently split from fiance Fabrizio Politi, insists she would love to expand her family by taking in an African boy or girl - as there are so many children suffering in the continent.
    She tells Britain's Red magazine, "I know it's such a cliche for a famous person to adopt a child but that wouldn't stop me. After working for the U.N., I know the AIDS epidemic in Africa has left so many children orphaned. It would be an absolute gift to be able do it."
  8. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Good for her, but I am disappointed to find out she's not really a redhead.:(
  9. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    School uniform, sorted:

    Last edited: Oct 26, 2015
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  10. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    My reaction exactly. I'll leave aside the passionate comments she's made, because they're easy to make: what does this woman know about education, pray?
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  11. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    'British Values', sorted:

  12. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Still, Vince, she appears to be strongly in favour of British values...
  13. Fergi

    Fergi New commenter

    I must admit, I'm not sure what to make of this. Halliwell would seem to be merely a piece of bubble gum, but who has contributed in quite a big way to the enjoyment of many in our society. How important is this and how much credence should we give to her utterances and deeds because of this?

    This debate could easily be expanded into why does our society accept the importance of people like Halliwell who we give so much to, for so little substance, other than fluff, in return?

    My answer to this is simply that I don't know.
  14. maurice-r

    maurice-r Established commenter

    Not worth a discussion, Vince.
  15. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    She did a good job of co-presenting The One Show t'other night. She can't half read an auto-cue.
  16. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    From what I could see and hear that's exactly what she did - half read it and constantly talked over her co-presenter and the guests.

    Can't wait for the 'Halliwell does education' series a la Jamie Oliver.
  17. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    I would hazard a guess that celebrities fill holes in our globally connected life. Celebrities enable gossip amongst strangers.
  18. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Scintillant you make a good point. Perhaps celebrities who know how to 'network' themselves are the best 'educators'. Even if they have no other skill to speak of!
    Show kids how to be a pointless celeb because it sure is the way to meet the Queen, be honoured for contributing to society and make more and more money.
    Reading and writing should be limited to patents and contracts. Numeracy to income tax avoidance.
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