Fraser Nelson 8 September 2018 9:00 AM 8 September 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp In my study at home stands a small cork board with the names of eight target schools for my ten-year-old son. The state schools are on the left, the private schools on the right. The decision is due soon and I still have no idea what to do. There aren’t many things that Britain genuinely does better than anyone else in the world, but secondary education is one of them. The discerning Russian plutocrat, who could buy anything anywhere, would have his son in England for his teenage years followed by an American Ivy League university. International league tables rank our private schools top of the world — their quality is world famous. But what’s less well-known is that exam results in the best state schools are now just as good. Which, given that they get by on less than a third of the money, is quite striking. Over the past year, as … [Read more...] about State vs private: A parent’s dilemma
Stateful vs stateless firewall
Charlotte Metcalf 8 September 2018 9:00 AM 8 September 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Every year, thousands of parents face the situation I did in 2014 when I realised that I could no longer afford to educate my ten-year-old daughter privately. At first, I didn’t panic. After all, I lived near some excellent state schools. After queuing for two hours one cold winter Saturday morning for Open Day, we learned that to gain a place at Holland Park you had to live within yards of it, or win a heavily oversubscribed art scholarship, which my daughter attempted — and failed. I still didn’t worry. Why should I have, when 93 per cent of children under 16 in England are educated in state schools? We queued for one Open Day after another. We tried a couple of church schools, but as non-churchgoers our chances were slim. I visited Hammersmith Academy, Burlington Danes — the list went on. We loved the West London Free … [Read more...] about Will sending my daughter to a state school ruin her prospects?
As the stifling midday sun sizzled down on Whitehall, the leaders of the UK and Israel were said to be having lunch, a presumably sociable break in an otherwise tense day, concentrated on serious discussions about the Iranian nuclear deal — or lack thereof. US President Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement with Tehran in May, and Netanyahu has lobbied for European leaders to follow suit — but the British Prime Minister remains committed to the deal, insisting it will make the world a safer place, reining in Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions. May is not unique in this regard — Netanyahu's European tour took him to Germany on Monday to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, and France on Tuesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron, and both visits were punctuated by press conferences at which the respective leaders voiced yet-opposing views. … [Read more...] about ‘Terror State’ vs ‘Democracy’: Pro & Anti-Netanyahu Protesters Speak to Sputnik
OPINION: It’s about that time of year when even we Kiwis get caught up in the Aussie obsession with State of Origin rugby league. Yep, state vs state, mate vs mate. Or, as I like to refer to it, over-hyped provincial footy. If you live in this part of the world and you’re compiling a bucket list of great sporting events to tick off during your lifetime, Blues against Maroons must surely be on it. A neutral Aussie's view on State of Origin Super Bowl, Wimbledon, Tour de France, Ashes at Lords, Olympic 100 metres final, Football World Cup final, maybe All Blacks vs Springboks in Jo’burg… Origin decider at Suncorp. No doubt, the sheer ferocity, speed, skill and drama of this inter-state rivalry has made it compelling viewing over the years. But across this side of the Tasman, misguided league tragics look on this series with great jealousy, thinking that this showpiece somehow holds the key to the Kangaroos’ long-held world dominance of the game. Surely we … [Read more...] about Opinion: State of Origin not a cure-all for Kiwis league shortcomings
Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt and Michael Singer and AJ Neuharth-Keusch USA TODAY Published 6:33 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018 It all comes down to this. For the fourth time in as many seasons, it's Golden State vs. Cleveland for the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The Warriors lead the rivalry 2-1, and they're the favorites to win it again this time around. But that's not to say LeBron James and the Cavaliers will go down easily. As we approach Game 1, which tips off Thursday night in Oakland (9 p.m. ET on ABC), there are still plenty of questions to be answered. For starters, when will the Warriors have Andre Iguodala back? The final member of the Hamptons Five lineup and 2015 Finals MVP has already been ruled out for Game 1 with the leg injury that has sidelined him since Game 4 of the conference finals against Houston. As for the Cavs, how will All-Star Kevin Love look after being cleared from the NBA's concussion protocol after taking a hit to the head in Game … [Read more...] about NBA Finals predictions: Can LeBron James, Cavaliers pull off the unthinkable vs. Warriors?