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Keir Bloomer's Wife's Blog - Mrs CfE writes!

Discussion in 'Scotland - curriculum' started by morrisseyritual, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. morrisseyritual

    morrisseyritual Occasional commenter

    Keir Bloomer is the shadowy figure behind CfE - its designer in fact (is there a design?!) - and if you thought he was weird, check his wife - Jacquetta's - blog out:

    http://www.jacquetta.net/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Keir%20Bloomer&blog_id=1&IncludeBlogs=1http://www.jacquetta.net/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Keir%20Bloomer&blog_id=1&IncludeBlogs=1


    ... The Wee Man wept....
     
  2. morrisseyritual

    morrisseyritual Occasional commenter

    Keir Bloomer is the shadowy figure behind CfE - its designer in fact (is there a design?!) - and if you thought he was weird, check his wife - Jacquetta's - blog out:

    http://www.jacquetta.net/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Keir%20Bloomer&blog_id=1&IncludeBlogs=1http://www.jacquetta.net/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Keir%20Bloomer&blog_id=1&IncludeBlogs=1


    ... The Wee Man wept....
     
  3. Is this serious? or is it a CfE version of Mrs Dale's diary?

    They certainly get around and meet people. Now if anyone would like to invite me to stay with them in Jamaica over the holidays....?
     
  4. My old mentor was a teacher who knewBloomer from his days in Castlemilk and saw him as someone who, frankly, couldn't wait to get out of the classroom, rising up the EIS and then joining various committees - he also apparently tried to become a lecturer in Scotland unsuccessfully before he got cosy with the powers that be. In the run up to CfE he went back and forth to Harvard bringing its Tapestry course to Scotland - the most tarted up bit of old rope you'll have come across if you undertook it. Here's a potted biography of Bloomer:


    Biographical details, Keir Bloomer

    From the time of Local Government reorganisation in 1996 until
    November, 2000, Keir Bloomer was Executive Director of Education and
    Community Services with Clackmannanshire Council. He is now Chief
    Executive of the Council.

    After qualifying as a teacher of history in 1969, he was appointed to
    Glenwood Secondary School in Castlemilk, Glasgow. From 1973, he became
    increasingly involved in the affairs of the Educational Institute of
    Scotland, becoming a member of its National Executive in 1975. As the
    teachers' chief negotiator on salaries and conditions of service between
    1975 and 1981, he was responsible for the framework of the original
    teachers' contract.

    From 1984 - 2000, he was involved in educational management, firstly
    as an Education Officer in the Glasgow Division of Strathclyde where he
    was responsible for curriculum matters and subsequently for school
    buildings. Later, as Depute Director of Education in Strathclyde, his
    responsibilities included Personnel and Pre-Five Services.

    Keir was President of the of the Association of Directors of
    Education in Scotland for the year 1999/2000 and retains his involvement
    with the Association.

    He continues to be involved in education. He was a member of the
    review group which wrote "A Curriculum for Excellence." He acted as one
    of the advisers to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee of the
    Scottish Parliament in connection with its Inquiry into the purposes of
    education. His pamphlet 'Learning to Change: Scottish Education in the
    Early 21st Century' was published by the Scottish Council Foundation in
    2000.


     
  5. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

    Pretty scary inane ramblings, must be him feeding her info.
     
  6. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

    "There is a huge discrepancy between the average hours worked by working parents (35-40 hours for about 46-48 weeks a year), and the maximum pupil contact time of the teachers (now only 22.5 hours per week for 39 weeks a year). Since McCrone, which brought a phased 23% pay rise, teachers get 65 days of paid annual leave as well as preparation time, professional development time and other benefits. The number of attendances in a school year has dwindled to 190 out of the 365. So teachers are teaching children for a maximum of only 7% of the 24/7/365 hours potentially available. In a country where most parents work from perceived economic necessity, not from choice, schooling also has a child-minding function. "

    Hard to debate with a buffoon but she deliberately takes the bare minimum required to be worked and conflates it with a level of work experienced by many but not all.
     
  7. From the time of Local Government reorganisation in 1996 until
    November, 2000, Keir Bloomer was Executive Director of Education and
    Community Services with Clackmannanshire Council. He is now Chief
    Executive of the Council.[​IMG]
     
  8. Marco82

    Marco82 Established commenter

    Bloomer is a leading member of a think tank, Reform Scotland, which is just a front for the Scottish Tory Party. They try to present themselves as independent and to that end they have on their board Tom Harris, a former labour MP and journalist. But he is an arch Blairite and represents the die hard right wing of Labour in Scotland, an enemy of anything smelling even vaguely left wing. Anyway, that's where Bloomer's ideas come from though I have to laugh when I hear him referred to as some sort of intellectual.
     
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  9. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    How dare children and teachers sleep, eat and have leisure time!
     
  10. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Salmond referred to him as a guru!!! One self-important non-entity to another.
     
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  11. inthered

    inthered Occasional commenter

    Not much time for marking etc, then, if we're teaching 24/7/365...? I've not heard such fatuous ramblings for a long time. Oh, wait, there's Trump...
     
  12. Gavster77

    Gavster77 New commenter

    Salmond feted both Bloomer and Trump. may we dispense with both when Salmond is finally caged?
     
  13. AyeRight

    AyeRight New commenter

    Ross Martin was similar. Physics teacher, Labour candidate, helped deselect Dennis Canavan and he has never forgiven everyone since he lost to Canavan's independent candidacy. Then joins a lobby group 'The Centre for Scottish Public Policy' to slag everyone off. There seems to be a pattern!
     

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