Thursday, October 19, 2006

Foreign students boost education says Lincoln Head Teacher

Following last week’s racist and misinformed reporting about a Boston school HERE last week, it was refreshing to hear a head teacher say how foreign pupils add to educational experience rather than take away from it.

St Peter at Gowts Primary School in Lincoln has 23 non-English-speaking students with 11 different languages.

Today, Head Teacher Patricia Ward told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that the foreign students present an opportunity to widen the horizons of local children and enrich the curriculum.

5 comments:

Michael Oakeshott said...

Yes and who cares about sacrificing childrens education in the interests of political correctness? As long as people like you feel good about the world Phil, to hell with the consequences right? Why don't you have a look at GCSE for such schools - alright for Primary Schools, no tests to highlight their failure. You will note the general trend - more languages spoken = fewer GCSE's. Still what is failure but an abstract concept?

fairdealphil said...

Hi Michael:

thanks for your comments.

i care about sacrificing childrens education. i was merely passing on the head teacher's expert opinion, that's all.

no, i don't feel particular goos about the world, except to say that i believe we're less likely to have war-war if we develop jaw-jaw.

and what better way than kids of various nationalities mixing in school - most of them no doubt from within our trading block the EU.

GCSE results improving across the board including in Tory Lincolnshire.

True, we need to do more work in the lower achieving schools, but my experience is that most students who started life abroad tend to overcome their initial inability to speak English and go on to achieve good exam results.

fairdealphil said...

Hi Michael:

thanks for your comments.

i care about sacrificing childrens education. i was merely passing on the head teacher's expert opinion, that's all.

no, i don't feel particular goos about the world, except to say that i believe we're less likely to have war-war if we develop jaw-jaw.

and what better way than kids of various nationalities mixing in school - most of them no doubt from within our trading block the EU.

GCSE results improving across the board including in Tory Lincolnshire.

True, we need to do more work in the lower achieving schools, but my experience is that most students who started life abroad tend to overcome their initial inability to speak English and go on to achieve good exam results.

Bruno (Skegness) said...

That Phil ay. He don't feel goos about any world thing

But he need learn 'tis goos that lays golden egg

Michael Oakeshott said...

Yes more students pass GCSE's because they are easier. Compare the papers. Te results are literally not worth the paper they are written on. Thus comparing achievement is a pointless task. I feel sorry for the students who would have done well, but have had their efforts devalued by the efforts of recent Governments to con their electorate.