Hilary Long: School's back - but what's the rush?
As many four and five year old’s in Scotland start their first day at school, CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long argues that we are rushing them into formal education too early based on antiquated legislation that is long overdue for reform
THIS week small children aged four and five will be entering the door of the “big school”. It’s a day of mixed emotions for children and their families as they transition from the play environment of the nursery into the more formal learning of the primary school.
Analysis: John Swinney has questions to answer over Israel-Palestine education resources fiasco
The Scottish Government appears to have given up on providing educational resources on Israel-Palestine for Scotland’s schools. In that failure of leadership the buck stops with the Education Secretary, Ben Wray finds.
IT’S four years and two months exactly since CommonSpace reported on educational material being used at a school in North Lanarkshire caricaturing Palestinians as separatist terrorists.
Israel-Palestine education: Pressure grows as cross party MSPs set to ‘express concern’ in letter
“Quality assured” Education Scotland resources on Israel-Palestine were removed in May 2017 and a review into the resources was paused in August 2018
THE convenors of the Scottish Parliament’s cross party group on Palestine are to write to the Deputy First Minister in search of answers about the three year saga over Israel-Palestine educational resources for Scotland’s schools.
Revealed: Swinney shuts down Israel-Palestine school resources after lobbying pressure
The Israel-Palestine educational resources had already been ‘quality approved’ by Education Scotland before being removed as a learning and teaching resource
THE deputy First Minister removed Education Scotland approved educational resources on Israel-Palestine after pressure from Jewish and pro-Israeli lobby groups, CommonSpace can reveal.
MSP Ross Greer proclaims victory over school 'arms sale' lessons
No more ‘arms sales’ during lessons in South Lanarkshire
AN MSP has successfully forced Education Secretary John Swinney to personally intervene to halt school lessons that involved pupils posing as arms dealers.
Scottish Green party education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP wrote to Swinney, who is also deputy first minister, and Education Scotland (ES) in May after being alerted to lessons that saw S2- S4 pupils compete in a dragon’s den-type scenario to sell weapons.