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Does the article's framing fit the magnitude and seriousness of the observations?

Almost a third of children starting (primary) school are not ready for the classroom with many

lacking social skills,
having speech problems,
or not toilet trained,

the survey of senior primary school staff has found.


A third of children not primary school ready

While last month saw thousands of families across England find out where their children will be spending their first day at primary school, new data from The Key suggests that at least 194,000 (1) pupils could be starting ill-prepared for the classroom come September.

Almost a third (2) of children who start school are not considered to be ready for the classroom according to primary school leaders in a new report published today by The Key – the organisation providing leadership and management support to schools.

The State of Education report, based on the views of more than 1,100 school leaders, reveals that almost all (99.5%) primary school leaders say a proportion of their pupils are joining school below the level of school-readiness they expect and nearly a third (31%) believe that over 50% of their new starters are arriving underprepared. This means fewer than one in 100 (0.5%) school leaders consider all of their pupils to be at the expected level when they start.

Lack of social skills (79%), delayed speech (78%) and deficient self-help skills/resilience (69%) are believed to be the most common reasons for children not being at the expected level when they enter school. More than half of primary school leaders also say that underprepared pupils are arriving with reading (58%), writing (56%) and numerical levels (55%) below the standard they’d anticipate.

While some heads said that pupils were arriving without toilet training, others commented on the impact of technology on children being ready for the classroom.

One primary school leader said: “We are having more and more children entering our early years stage with delayed speech and a lack of school readiness. I feel much of this is down to challenging family circumstances alongside the rise of mobile phones and other mobile technology, which means parents are more often to be seen on the phone than talking to their children.”

A headteacher at another primary said: “There is limited parent/child interaction. Four year-olds know how to swipe a phone but haven't a clue about conversations”.

The findings come shortly after baseline tests, intended to measure the abilities and progress of all reception-class pupils in English state schools, were dropped because they were found to be unreliable (3).

Speaking about the findings Fergal Roche, CEO of The Key, said: “It’s predicted that 336,000 more children will enter primary school by 2024 - almost half of whom will be entering in the next couple of years (4). School leaders are already struggling to retain staff and manage their teachers’ workload (5), so add thousands more pupils arriving ill-prepared for the classroom to the equation, and the burden placed on our schools will be huge.

“To lessen this load more should to be done to ensure children are arriving at school with the skills they need to learn. An agreed definition of what ‘school-readiness’ means, could be the first step to helping schools, parents and early years practitioners identify what national or localised support is required to meet this growing issue.”

At secondary school level, the majority of school leaders cited low reading levels (chosen by 76%) as one of the most common reasons for children arriving underprepared, along with lower than expected standards of writing (63%) and numeracy (56%). However, fewer pupils joining secondary schools are thought to be below the expected standard than those joining primary schools. One in 10 (10%) secondary school leaders believe that more than half of their new pupils are ill-prepared, while three in 10 (30%) think that 1-10% of pupils are below expected standards.

School leaders at both primary and secondary levels across the country paint a similar picture, though the problem appears more prevalent in the north. Over a third of leaders in schools in the north west, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the north east (39%, 37% and 34%, respectively) say more than half of their new pupils are not ready for school. London was close behind, with 32% of school leaders believing this, followed by the south west (26%) and south east (21%).

The annual State of Education report attempts to unpick some of the big questions about challenges, concerns and priorities in the education sector today. How is population growth affecting demand for school places? Is there really a shortage of teachers?

Find out more by downloading The Key’s State of Education report and accompanying infographics: www.thekeysupport.com/state-of-education-2016

(1) At least 194,003 children are not considered to be ready for primary school. Primary school leaders were asked to select the proportion of their pupils starting school below the level of school-readiness they would expect. The lower limit of each range of pupils and the % of school leaders/schools were applied to the latest reception class pupil figures to arrive at the total estimated figure. (2015 -https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2015) See table at bottom of press release for more information.

(2) Latest census data on size of reception classes: 636,761 pupils (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2015)

(3) On 7th April, The DfE announced that reception baseline assessment will not be used as a starting point to measure pupil progress following a comparability study: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reception-baseline-comparability-study-published

(4) The DfE statistical release, National Pupil Projections - Future Trends in Pupil Numbers: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/478185/SFR24_2015_Projections_Text.pdf

(5) 84% of school leaders found teacher workload difficult to manage over the past year and it is expected to be the third biggest challenge in the year ahead, behind budget pressures/lack of funding and teacher recruitment and retention. The Key's State of Education report 2016: www.thekeysupport.com/state-of-education-2016 http://www.joomag.com/magazine/state-of-education-survey-report-2016/0604114001462451154

About the survey
The Key surveyed a sample of its members in January 2016. The questionnaire for this study was designed by The Key and conducted online using Survey Monkey. 1,188 school leaders completed the full survey. The data has been weighted to match the population profile of schools in The Key’s database in terms of region, school phase and school type The data described in this summary can therefore be taken to represent the views of school leaders on The Key’s database, which in turn provides an indication of the opinions of school leaders in mainstream schools across England.

No, IMO, the article is spin framed around quotes by "one primary school leader" and "a headteacher at another primary." In fact, as Olmsted caustically remarks, "school-readiness deficit syndrome in a third of children, not otherwise seen before (SRDSIATOC-NOSB)" demands urgent concern, and, as highlighted by John Stone, AOA UK editor, education lobbyists at The Key should seek input by both parents and experts in neurodevelopmental disorders.

GOOGLE: Neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD)
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) is a new pediatric medical subspecialty...

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat May 14, 2016, 05:39 PM (0 replies)

Essential viewing: United Nations Webcast (webtv.un.org)

Link via...
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Apr 29, 2016, 06:29 PM (0 replies)

"Instead of fighting against disability & disease with cures, a never–ending struggle," prevention.


How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill

The U.S. now makes or imports 27 trillion pounds of chemicals per year
(not even counting pesticides, drugs, food additives or polymers).
From autism to cancer

With indisputable data, the Shabecoffs reveal that the children of baby boomers—the first to be raised in a truly "toxified" world—have higher rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, autism and a frightening range of other neurological illnesses from ADHD to mental retardation, and other serious chronic illnesses, than previous generations.

They reveal that one out of two pregnancies fails to come to term or results in a less than healthy child, that premature births and infertility are on the rise as this generation matures, while the ratio of male babies dwindles.

Causing harm

Poisoned for Profit, based on more than five years of investigative research and reporting, reveals the cumulative scientific evidence connecting the massive increase in environmental poisons to the epidemic of disability, disease, and dysfunction among our nation´s children. More.

The manufacturers and their defense team

The authors conclude that the poisoning of the environment is as grave a threat to the future as any problem confronting our nation.

Yet even as individual parents and pediatricians struggle to fight illness, one child at a time, the public remains in the dark about the enormity of this crisis. Why? because corporations control the system, molding laws to their liking. The book shines a light on the motives and means of corporate-paid lawyers, “product defense” companies, fake grassroots groups, research centers and scientists, including one paid $600 an hour to watch a movie. More.

The Victims

Poisoned for Profit, cast as a crime story, relates what happens to the victims—the families and communities polluted by different toxic substances—by chemicals, heavy metals, industrial manufacturing, and nuclear waste. Here are the stories of Dickson, Tennessee, where an extraordinary number of babies were born with cleft lips and palates after landfill chemicals seeped into the water; and Port Neches, Texas, where so many graduates of a high school near a petrochemical plant contracted cancer that it was nicknamed “Leukemia High”; and a small brother and sister in Indiana who, exposed to pesticides, slipped into severe retardation. More.


Instead of fighting against disability and disease with cures, a never–ending struggle, the authors affirm that we now have the knowledge to prevent harm and they describe the solutions...


"Brilliant... Every parent in America owes a debt of gratitude to Philip and Alice Shabecoff. (Poisoned for Profit) should be high on the ...President's reading list."
---Barry Commoner

"Powerful reporting backing powerful conclusions---it will make those of us with kids shudder, but hopefully it will also make us get out of our chairs and engage in the politics necessary to protect the future."
---Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

"Painstakingly researched and incontrovertible ... This should become an elemental text for all of us who wish to protect ourselves, and should be required reading for those who claim to be public servants."
---Peter Matthiessen, author of the Snow Leopard

"Into an arena filled with confusing claims and counterclaims, Philip and Alice Shabecoff have now brought their remarkable journalistic skills, providing us with clear-headed, accurate assessment of the toxic threat to America's children ... A highly readable indictment so powerful it may finally force action. We have needed this book..."
---James Gustave Speth, author of the Bridge at the End of the World

In a groundbreaking investigation, two veteran journalists definitively show how, why, and where industrial toxins are causing an explosion of birth defects, cancer, asthma, and other serious illnesses in American children. Philip and Alice Shabecoff follow the trail from corporate coffers through highly paid Washington lobbyists, into the laboratories of scientists-for-hire, to the offices of politicians responsible for regulation, and right back to our homes and schools---which are built, stocked, and "cleaned" with deadly toxics. Poisoned for Profit not only brings readers into the lives of children, families, and communities beset by environmental poisons, it also poses solutions to eradicate this crime, and offers parents a practical guide to protecting their children from harm.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Apr 29, 2016, 04:03 PM (0 replies)

About 5% of children younger than 5 yrs old have epilepsy - about one in every 20 children under 5.

Shocking independent statistic, as posted at the Seattle Children's Hospital website:


Epilepsy in Children

Epilepsy happens more in children than it does in adults. It affects about 1% of the general population - one out of every 100 people. About 5% of children younger than 5 years old have epilepsy. That is about one in every 20 children under 5.

This number does not include children who have seizures caused by a high fever. These kinds of seizures are different from epilepsy. They are called febrile seizures. They either happen only once or only when your child has a fever.


Excerpts from Epilepsy Foundation Community Forum: http://www.examiner.com/article/parents-question-vaccines-as-epilepsy-rates-rise-to-1-20-children-under-five


ASD is estimated to affect more than 2 million individuals in the U.S.
Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls.
An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Apr 28, 2016, 09:09 PM (0 replies)

Like learning that HuffPo is owned by AOL which is owned by Verizon: Bloomberg West, 4/17.


Arianna Huffington: Studio 1.0 (Full Show 04/17)
3:54 PM PDT
April 17, 2016

This week on Studio 1.0: Emily Chang sits down with Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, one time candidate for California Governor, and author of 15 books, including her latest, "The Sleep Revolution." (Source: Bloomberg)

...and Verizon is bidding for Yahoo.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Apr 27, 2016, 09:42 PM (2 replies)


MUST READ: http://www.truth-out.org/author/itemlist/user/49028
and also http://www.thenation.com/article/wikileaks-haiti-let-them-live-3-day/


About the Author
Anne Elizabeth Moore is an internationally renowned and bestselling cultural critic and comics journalist. Moore is a Fulbright scholar, UN Press Fellow, and USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and teaches in the Visual & Critical Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the founder of the Best American Comics series.

The Ladydrawers Comics Collective
publishes accessible comics, texts, and films about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large. Collective members who contributed to Threadbare include Leela Corman, Melissa Gira Grant, Julia Gfrörer, Sarah Jaffe, Delia Jean, Ellen Lindner, Melissa Mendes, and Anne Elizabeth Moore.

Praise for Threadbare
"Threadbare takes us down the rabbit hole of the global fashion and textile industry, connecting the dots between the lives of the women who work at Forever 21 and the women who sew the clothes that hang on the racks there. With vivid storytelling and deep investigation. Anne Elizabeth Moore and her team of talented cartoonists prove the strength of comics as tool for translating impossible complexity to our everyday experience." —Jessica Abel, Out on the Wire and Drawing Words & Writing Pictures

“A fascinating look into the lives behind our clothes. From the people who make them, to the people who model them, to the people who sell them, our clothes are part of an intricate network which spans the globe. The art in Threadbare helps draw a personal connection to what might otherwise be overwhelming statistics, and gives an intimate look into the way the world is affected by what we buy.” —Sarah Glidden, author of Rolling Blackouts and How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

"A compelling and comprehensive portrait of the human cost behind what we wear. The sharp, gorgeous, and distressing Threadbare will leave you questioning both your wardrobe and the state of the world as a whole." —Tim Hanley, author of Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter and Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine

"Describing the environmental, social, economic and personal costs of fast fashion in a style cool as gin, Threadbare is both a damning indictment and a stellar example of comics journalism." —Molly Crabapple, Drawing Blood

"Colleges offering degree programs in Fashion need to add this book to the curriculum. A must read!!!!" —Carol Tyler, Late Bloomer and You'll Never Know

"Well-researched, engaging, and full of surprising (and sometimes horrifying) statistics, you may finish reading this book and decide to become an activist—no longer shopping for clothes at your local mall and pressuring your elected officials for legislation that holds clothing manufacturers and retailers responsible." —Lisa Wilde, Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School

"Threadbare is a brilliant amalgam of art, storytelling, consciousness-building, and old-fashioned muckraking. It takes on the enormous project of confronting the international apparel trade, through delving into individual stories and lifting up voices that are usually suppressed or ignored in mass media. The Ladydrawers collective and Anne Elizabeth Moore bring us face to face, literally, with the people most affected by labor exploitation and abuse - and in seeing their faces, we understand the realities beyond the facts. An intrepid journey!" —Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief of Truthout, author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Apr 27, 2016, 02:52 PM (0 replies)

Crushing beauty.

Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U

Published on Apr 21, 2016
Rave Un2 the Year 2000
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Apr 25, 2016, 05:06 PM (1 replies)

Mark Crispin Miller is also featured in the 2003 film, and now? / Orwell quote posted this morning.


Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003)
A documentary analyzing the role of the modern American media and its effects on democracy.

Director: Robert Kane Pappas
Writers: Tom Blackburn, Robert Kane Pappas
Stars: Charles Lewis, Robert McChesney, Mark Crispin Miller | See full cast & crew »

Google: Crispin Miller vaxxed


April 2: Everything you’re reading about VAXXED is false….

I saw Vaxxed last night, at the Angelika in New York City—and I recommend it urgently, as something that you must see for yourself, because the propaganda drive against it has misrepresented it completely.

For example—and as usual—today’s New York Times’s article on last night’s screening ends with this ridiculous summation, followed by a (typically) deceptive shot by yet another expert who attacks the film without the benefit of having seen it.


So Vaxxed is an essential documentary not just because of what you’ll learn from it about this all-important controversy, but—no less—because this mammoth propaganda drive against it is a major threat to free expression in this country: a threat that isn’t coming from the right, but from our “free press,” and all too many liberals.


Google: Charles Lewis Center for Public Integrity


Read -> http://bigstory.ap.org/article/de5b2e83c45a4b6f816c8bed47610f78/ap-impact-vaccine-court-keeps-claimants-waiting
via link provided here: https://ire.org/blog/extra-extra/2014/11/17/extra-extra-monday-death-deadline-online-diplomas-/

READ -> http://niemanreports.org/articles/public-health-reporting-after-september-11th-its-more-difficult/



Now, for a piece of really bad theatre.

"He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

Funny he decided to change his mind, just like that, now.

Posted by: John Stone | April 25, 2016 at 04:19 AM

RE: Too Late Now!

From Brian Hooker: "Dr. Thompson has been handled and will most likely submit a revised version of his analysis and try to absolve the MMR in May 2016." More coming.

Whatever for? Many here say Snopes and the skeptics have already credibly "debunked this hoax."
Judge wisely.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Apr 25, 2016, 01:06 PM (0 replies)

Close friend Van Jones spoke extensively about this and more on CNN today.


His advocacy often took place behind the scenes, but Prince envisioned a better future for kids of color, inspiring YesWeCode, an initiative whose goal is to teach 100,000 low-income kids to write code.

Prince told @VanJones68 : “Maybe you civil rights guys haven't created enough Mark Zuckerbergs.”
12:52 PM - 21 Apr 2016


Music was just a part of his greatness. CNN commentator @VanJones68 mourns the loss of his friend, #Prince. http://snpy.tv/1pmJ9I2
4:15 PM - 21 Apr 2016
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Apr 22, 2016, 12:41 AM (0 replies)

Link from Twitter.


Prince reveals he battled epilepsy as a child in rare interview...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 2:09 PM

LOS ANGELES - He's got the look - and a medical secret that helped shape his legendary music career.

Pop icon Prince revealed a childhood struggle with epilepsy during a rare, soul-bearing interview.

"I've never spoken about this before, but I was born epileptic," the Grammy winning singer said on the PBS show Tavis Smiley. "I used to have seizures when I was young. And my mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had."

Prince, 50, said the illness helped shape his over-the-top persona.

"From that point on, I've been having to deal with a lot of things, getting teased a lot in school," the Purple Rain singer said Monday night, wearing a high-collared white satin shirt and high-heeled black and white spats. "You know, early in my career I tried to compensate for that by being as flashy as I could and as noisy as I could."

A Jehovah's Witness who weaves spiritual themes through his songs, Prince said his faith also helped him cope.


MORE: https://patients.aan.com/go/prince

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Apr 21, 2016, 10:15 PM (0 replies)
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