Evidence, its abuses and antisemitism…an addendum.

As if a further example of the futility of appeasement were needed, another has surfaced over the issue of MP Chris Williamson’s suspension from the Labour Party over, as it turns out, his rather pertinent remark that the Party had been ‘too apologetic about antisemitism’. As I have argued in previous posts, the Party’s approach … Continue reading Evidence, its abuses and antisemitism…an addendum.

The abuse of evidence in public debates

Evidence and its abuses in public life: the case of antisemitism   Current concerns about the use of evidence in public debates are very much focussed around so called fake news (i.e. lies that ignore evidence) and there is considerable debate among the ‘providers’ of evidence, broadly speaking the scientific community, about how to deal … Continue reading The abuse of evidence in public debates

The extent of antisemitism in Britain

In the continuing debate about the extent of antisemitism in Britain, arguably the most obvious feature is the lack of good evidence to support the views of most commentators. I have already commented on that in a previous blog that was largely concerned with allegations against the Labour party. Leaving that aside, there has also … Continue reading The extent of antisemitism in Britain

The role of OFSTED – a critique of OFSTED’s consultation

The publication of a new consultation document on the future of OFSTED school inspections raises concerns about its approach to inspection that have in fact been around for some time (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/education-inspection-framework-2019-inspecting-the-substance-of-education ). This commentary reiterates them in the light of this new consultation. A reading of the foreword by the chief inspector Amanda Spielman appears … Continue reading The role of OFSTED – a critique of OFSTED’s consultation

Do league tables really improve test scores?

There is still an argument about whether school league tables, despite their well-known side effects, actually improve the performance of pupils by ‘holding schools to account’. This is despite careful analysis of extensive data collected by Government on all pupils in England via the National Pupil Dataset (NPD) and details can be found at  http://cmm/team/hg/full-publications/2011/predicting-probabilities-school-choice.pdfContinue reading Do league tables really improve test scores?