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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:40 am 
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Something of a tangent, but the misconceptions around PE at school highlight a similar level of Dunning-Kruger.

When I (and many parents) were at school, there were CSEs in PE.
The general impression given at my school was that you did this if you were too dense for the woodwork class.
The lasting impression was lost of cross country and obscure gymnastics supervised by a Mister Sugden character.

30 years on, #1 son had an option of PE as "Recreational or Examined".
The staff went to some length to tell all the parents that the exam contained large written elements.
It was an excellent class, incorporating elements of performance (Practical), Leadership (Coaching) and Sports science.

#1 son loved the class and followed it to higher level.
But there was always the minority of parents who'd grumble that there was "Too much writing, why can't they just play football".


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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:35 pm 
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My son is currently doing 'A' level PE the course appears to be about 80% theory 20% practical. Most of the theory stuff looks more like Biology that PE.

Even GCSE has a lot of theory it look at muscles groups, breathing and types of exercise. Pupils with poor literacy skills usually struggle to cope with the course.

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:36 pm 
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Yup. A lot of anatomy, stuff about leisure and sports in the leisure economy.

I was once invigilating a GCSE PE exam, and the teacher (a great guy) had taught them their anatomy kinaesthetically, when they needed to recall the name or location of a bone or muscle they touched it. When they got to that part of the exam thirty kids were simultaneously pointing, very seriously, at their divers body parts.

Well, exams aren't chock full of humorous moments...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:41 pm 
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It is not accidental that a society officially obsessed with ‘health and safety’ is not in fact very good at either health or safety. The common sense of the residents of this block was greater than that of those who built it and ran it. It should, obviously, never have been built in the first place. People should live in houses with gardens, not in supersized filing cabinets in the sky.

Its good enough for Trump. High rise living is popular if its good quality and safe. Not everyone wants garden gnomes Peter. Some nifty foot work on H&S.

A respectful piece but with space to fill for a moan about modern life.
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We know why, of course. The country is, fundamentally, run on the cheap. Cheap wages, borrowed money, skimped and half-finished schemes, leaky pipes, overloaded cables, inadequate training, rotten basic education, ancient infrastructure stretched to the limit and then beyond.

And much of it is controlled by unaccountable companies or bureaucracies that cannot be contacted, whose owners are often thousands of miles away.

Your late train (yet again), your moody broadband, your absent, invisible police force, your potholed road, your dodgy bank and your unreachable phone company, are all part of the same thing – a country living beyond its means that thinks it is richer and more important and more civilised than it is, and so neglects the basics of life while concentrating on how it looks.

It continues to amaze me that we spent a large chunk of the Election campaign discussing the renewal of our grandiose and unusable Trident missile system, which allegedly protects us from enemies we don’t have in a war which ended 26 years ago. And that we think we are so great and wonderful and important that we can launch wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/artic ... z4kObwFBgk


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:07 am 
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Peter's latent "Young Trot" has got loose again.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:55 am 
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PETER HITCHENS: Plenty of people hate me for daring to point it out. Tough. I'll say it once again: Most of this dreadful violence has nothing to do with terrorism


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The huge billionaire lobby for cannabis legalisation also hate what I say. If their beloved drug really is linked with criminal murder, then their campaign will fail, and the giant profits they hope for will never be made.
And existing drug manufacturers, who in truth know

So he's against tobacco too, Right? Wrong!

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But the new film about him, starring Brian Cox is absolutely, shockingly bad and wrong. It invents stuff. It is as phoney as the electric cigars it uses instead of the real thing in the many ‘scenes of smoking’ which viewers are warned of at the start.

Finding actors who smoke nowadays can't be easy. Why should they have to just for historical accuracy?

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