Patrick Stewart on combatting domestic violence.

The article above includes a video of an answer to a question posed to Sir Patrick Stewart at a Star Trek meeting in Texas.
These meetings are usually lots of low level discussion about how it was to appear in the series, how he developed the Captain Picard character etc.,
But in the midst of the usual questions came an unusual one from a fan who had a background of domestic abuse. Stewart answers bravely and honestly drawing from his own experience of his mother’s abuse from his father.
He talks about his powerlessness to protect her from the beatings and his recent discovery of the fact that his father was suffering from what we would now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He does not defend his father’s actions though but seeks to understand them. As  he says in the video the answer lies with men and no man ever has the right to abuse a woman.
I was particularly moved by his hug with the young lady at the end.

To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is | Ken Robinson

This is a really well written argument  by Sir Ken Robinson showing just how little our present Secretary of State, Michael Gove really understands what creativity is and why we need to free children to find their interests and not tie them to a heavily proscribed and over-tested curriculum.

This weekend the National Association of Head teachers is being addressed by Mr Gove and he will receive a frosty but professional reception from the members of my ex-union who feel that he does not understand their concerns about his plans for curriculum change and the push towards more academy schools.

I would like to add my distant vote to their concerns and the motion that is being debated that “this union has no confidence in the present Secretary of State”.

BBC News – Young people ‘prefer to read on screen’

This article raises a number of questions for me.

(1) What are the implications of comfort with reading from a screen on a school system that still promotes books and magazines?

(2) Is the ability of tablets to widen  the reading experience ( by the ability to electronically underline, highlight, share and reference quotes or seek background)  seen as a means to promote and make literacy more powerful or as a threat to intensive interaction with the text?

(3) How can we relate to the fact that more and more youngsters prefer to get news from an online source and not newspapers and magazines and will the promotion of these media in schools create difficulties for students who may never come across them at home?

(4) Will the gap between boys and girls in terms of preference for the use of printed media widen and what are the implications for schools?

(5) How will these findings effect libraries?

I would be interested for any feedback on these questions or maybe some other questions that the article raises.