Amok Mama: Competition time



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Academies are privatisation through the back door, same as with the NHS.

Sandra more than 9 years ago

Grant Mantained

What exactly is the difference between grant mantained schools and academies? How can every academy be an academy? An academy's always been a word that means an excellent school - a dance academy and stuff - if every other High School in england becomes an academy then what does the word mean? Why are they all focusing on, like "Media" or "Science" or something? Does that mean that a kid who gets a Maths GCSE from a Media academy has a lesser qualification than a kid with a Maths GCSE from a "Maths" academy? It's totally meaningless. It's like 1984 or something. It's just obviously a ridiculous idea and in twenty years time they'll change all the academies back to High School again.

Jacinta Nandi more than 9 years ago

Don't be silly Andrew

Don't be a silly-billy. I often do really controversial things like saying oh, all Americans are cunts or we should ban Coca-Cola or actually, Mario Barth isn't that bad but this really isn't one of them. Don't be a silly-billy. When people say state school, they think of comps. All those religious schools are state schools, too. But if you say to someone: "What kind of school did you go to?" and they went to a CofE school, then they say: "Oh, I went to a state school - but it was Church of England, actually." Or if someone went to a girls' school, they say - "I went to a girls' school - but it was a state school, actually." The 'actually' is because it's not the norm, and in the whole state/private/public school divide, single-sex schools, grammar schools, religious schools fall in between categories. Everyone knows that. So don't be silly, okay? Or are you just an American? If you're an American, then I'll let you off. But if you're from England, then stop being silly. You know what I mean. It's like people who say they live in Havering but actually they live in Romford.

And nobody knows what academies are. Almost every High School in Britain is being rebranded as an academy, but nobody knows what it actually means, or what it will mean in the future.

Jacinta Nandi more than 9 years ago

Bothersome facts

A state school is a school funded by the state. Whether it is a co-ed or single-sex institution is entirely irrelevant. Also irrelevant is the form which it takes - comprehensive, selective, academy. All three school forms are funded by and accountable to the state. An academy is accountable to the Department of Education, not the local authority. So why should they not be classed as state schools?

These are simple facts. Has the author never heard of research?

Andrew Smith more than 9 years ago

thick idiots

Lots of rich kids are thick, too. I went to Exeter uni and there wére so many rich thickoes there. Am somewhat undermining my argument by not being sure of the plural of thicko, however.

Jacinta more than 9 years ago


Er, why does a school being girls only make it not a state school, Jacinta? I went to one in london and there was nowt 'un' state schooly about it. Right dump, full of thick idiots who spent all day beating each other up. If you didn't speak with a cockney accent you were given a slap for being a 'yuppy.' Sport was varied but crap. Teachers were too scared of the students to make them do any. Wish I had rich parents and gone to private school. Lucky, lucky sods.

Marina more than 9 years ago


Nobody knows what schools turning into academies really means, except everyone feels slightly deflated and upset by ther whole Tory privatisation-invasion notion of it but too exhausted to try stop it.

Yes - girls-only state schools do kinda fall between the cracks for definition. But they are NOT private schools, OK?

Liz Nicholls more than 9 years ago

Girls only state schools

aren't proper state schools. When you say atate school, you mean a mixed sex, comprehensive.

My school's been turned into an academy now. I have no idea what it means. Whenever I go back to Britain, I feel like I've time-travelled into the near future.

Jacinta more than 9 years ago


I'm with you on this... But you can be competitive in a nice way, no? No?! :-)

I agree - when a yank slags off British state schools I get all arsey as if someone's slagged off my mum! It's OUR job, not theirs! But I went to all-girls secondary school and we had more or less totally hardcore sporty lesbian, Nazi-type games teachers. Is that exclusively a girls-school thing then?

Liz Nicholls more than 9 years ago

insulting your family

I think w. British state schoolkids, it's like insulting yr family. We always say to each other: I just grew cress in an egg and had henna drawn on my hand and did a special wanky North-East African beanbag dance BUT as soon as a public school kid says it, we're like: woah, back off you cunt! Plus I think there is a huge difference betw. primary & secondary school. And kids aren't stupid, last year at sports day Rico got a certificate for having "taken part" and he looked at it resignedly on the U-Bahn, and said, in a slightly disappointed, matter-of-fact voice: "Now I know what 'taken part' means. It means "didn't win anything."

I think that is okay. Adults don't go Dur-dur-dur-DUR when they get promoted ahead of you and stuff. I think giving all primary school kids a certificate for taking part is okay. They know it's bullshit, but it's still okay. It's okay. I think all this "Kids have to learn what a cut-throat world this is" is said by people who are quite traumatized from their school times. To be honest. That's what I think. The "It never did me any harm" brigade. I don't quite buy it.

Jacinta Nandi more than 9 years ago

dog eat dog

Competitions bring out the best and the worst in people, which is something all kids need to have experience in dealing with before they go out in the cruel world. don't you think?

Helena more than 9 years ago

Yeah but

they also have parents with more money to support them with their business ventures, no?

Maybe I should send Rico to a Waldorf school

Jacinta Nandi more than 9 years ago

Winner mentality

I heard from someone who went to one that Waldorf Salad Schools had a higher rate of people starting their own businesses later in life, which suggests that fostering a winner mentality in kids is a bit more complicated that just making them bash each other with polo sticks.

Benjamin Knight more than 9 years ago

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