Teachers who knew Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a child described him as a hardworking youngster who seemed to have a bright future. Catheryn Charner-Laird, his third-grade teacher, said Tsarnaev was just learning English after moving to the U.S. from Russia in 2002 and cared very much about his school work. She said he 'always wanted to do the right thing.' Other teachers said he got nearly all As in his classes, made friends easily and was an excellent soccer player. Scroll down for video An undated photo shown at the Boston bomber's trial on Wednesday shows brothers Dzhokhar, left, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar was convicted of the marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 260 spectators in April 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a firefight with police days after the bombings Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev extends his middle finger to a security camera taken in his jail cell three months after the terror attack on Boston. The … [Read more...] about Teachers say Boston Marathon bomber was ‘kind as a child and a straight-A student’ as judge suspends trial until Monday because juror is unwell
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Parents are being urged to ignore the latest school league tables, after "chaotic" changes to tests in England.Final year primary pupils sat a raft of tough new tests in the summer. Only 53% of pupils passed, compared to the 80% who passed easier tests in 2015.Primary heads leader Russell Hobby said ministers had stressed the scale of the changes meant comparisons could not be drawn on previous years' results.The government said schools had responded well to the higher demands.Pupils at 14,930 state primary schools sat the new national Sats tests in reading, writing and maths - the "Three-Rs"; they also sat a spelling and grammar test.Schools are then ranked by these results to enable parents to narrow down the choice of schools for their children. English primary school tables Department for Education website Sorry, your browser does not support this tool. Please visit the Department for Education. Join the conversation - find us on Facebook In the run up to and during … [Read more...] about Ignore school league tables, head teachers urge parents
Drivers applying for a minicab licence in London will have to pass a written English exam, including a 120-word essay, after Uber lost a high court battle with the capital’s transport authority. Mr Justice Mitting, presiding over the case, admitted that the requirement could see 40,000 drivers over three years either fail the test or be deterred from applying for a private hire vehicle licence. But he said Transport for London had no reasonable alternative to the exam, which lasts two hours, costs would-be drivers £200 and does not apply to black cabs. Uber said it would appeal against a verdict that the company’s London head, Tom Elvidge, called a “deeply disappointing outcome for tens of thousands of drivers who will lose their livelihoods because they cannot pass an essay writing test”. “We’ve always supported spoken English skills, but writing an essay has nothing to do with communicating with passengers or getting them safely from A to … [Read more...] about Uber loses court case to block English-language written test in London
Intelligence and dedication are the most important things when it comes to a child's academic success, but scientists now claim being able to manage their emotions is a crucial third. Emotional intelligence — the ability to restrain one's feelings — has been linked to better school performance in children and teens, according to a new study. It found that no matter the students age, those who are better at managing their emotions perform better academically and achieve higher grades. Scroll down for video Emotional intelligence — the ability to restrain one's feelings — has been linked to better school performance in children, according to research from Australia. Those that can't cope with their own or others' emotions struggle more in school (stock) Dr Carolyn MacCann from the University of New South Wales said: 'Although we know that high intelligence and a conscientious personality are the most important psychological … [Read more...] about Being smart and hardworking is not enough – emotional intelligence is also vital for academic success, scientists claim
Professor Sir Richard Evans, historian, president of Wolfson College, Cambridge Gove presided over the disintegration of our school system; he opened up teaching to untrained people in state schools, because he had contempt for professional educationalists. The restoration of professional teaching in our schools must now be an urgent priority. I'll remember him as someone who tried to dumb down the teaching of history by eliminating the teaching of skills and converting it to a mindless rote learning of a slanted patriotic version of events. With the history curriculum, he set up an elaborate consultation process, then after it was complete he ditched it and came up with his own half-baked ideas. And of course everyone rejected it. Fortunately, his attempt to foist his own rather ignorant and partial version of history on to the national curriculum was one of his many failures. Tom Sherrington, headteacher, King Edward VI grammar school, Chelmsford When you met him he was always … [Read more...] about Michael Gove: ‘bogeyman’ or ‘the greatest education secretary ever’?