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Last 50 tweets from @ClarkeMicah
.@michaelrosenyes. You initiated this exchange, as before. If you don’t like my approach to debate, you are free not to engage. I am more interested in measurable objective outcome than in subjective recollection. Btw, Peer review is absurdly over-rated as a test of quality.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
As you are now doing your lip-curling sneer act 'Was this some sort of joke?'you'll guide me to a peer-reviewed book book based on oral/written testimonies of former SecMod pupils who were in those schools in the 50s and 60s.
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
1/2 Quite so @michaelrosenyes. The Secondary Moderns were cobbled together out of what came to hand on April 1 1945, the day they came into being. They were the first attempt in England to provide free state secondary education.
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
1/2,@michaelrosenyes, it’s a good point. There should have been more re-assessment, especially at 13. But it’s not a criticism of the principle of selection by ability, just a correctable failing in its operation. Smashing up hundreds of good grammar schools wasn’t the answer.
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
.@michaelrosenyes, because in your discourse here you show no sign of knowing it, or of understanding its implications, and recently asked sweetly if there were any books about Secondary Moderns. Was this some sort of joke?
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
2/2 .@michaelrosenyes this country had hundreds of high-quality secondary schools open to all on the basis of ability. Now they have all been destroyed. It has no such schools. That is my concern. I think we need to recognise that this was a stupid mistake.
 
In reply to @MichaelRosenYes
@michaelrosenyes But this is not selection by ability.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
In fact, there is selection all over England. Faith schools is one way, single sex is another. There are also subtle admission criteria variations eg in regards of SEN children. There's off-rolling and exclusions (see PRUs).
 
I know, but thanks anyway @michaelrosenyes. Single sex schools are pretty rare in any sector, btw.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
In fact, there is selection all over England. Faith schools is one way, single sex is another. There are also subtle admission criteria variations eg in regards of SEN children. There's off-rolling and exclusions (see PRUs).
 
2/2 .@michaelrosenyes this country had hundreds of high-quality secondary schools open to all on the basis of ability. Now they have all been destroyed. It has no such schools. That is my concern. I think we need to recognise that this was a stupid mistake.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
If it's selection by 'ability' (an entity you talk of as if that's an agreed thing), then you can have selection by 'ability' within schools as easily as you can have it between schools.
 
1/2 .@michaelrosenyes. Why are *you* telling *me* this? You can also hold children back at the end of the year, and make them repeat, the form of selection practised by many comp systems…
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
If it's selection by 'ability' (an entity you talk of as if that's an agreed thing), then you can have selection by 'ability' within schools as easily as you can have it between schools.
 
.@michaelrosenyes, because in your discourse here you show no sign of knowing it, or of understanding its implications, and recently asked sweetly if there were any books about Secondary Moderns. Was this some sort of joke?
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
Why are you telling me this? Does it ever occur to you that telling me stuff that I have known since I was a kid, feels just teeny bit patronising? I was brought up by teachers in the state system who talked about such things all the time. My dad taught in one of the 1st comps.
 
1/2,@michaelrosenyes, it’s a good point. There should have been more re-assessment, especially at 13. But it’s not a criticism of the principle of selection by ability, just a correctable failing in its operation. Smashing up hundreds of good grammar schools wasn’t the answer.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
2/ He also points out that if it was desirable to transfer one way, why wasn't it desirable to transfer the other way, given the fairly high failure rate in grammar schools? His point, not mine.
 
1/2 Quite so @michaelrosenyes. The Secondary Moderns were cobbled together out of what came to hand on April 1 1945, the day they came into being. They were the first attempt in England to provide free state secondary education.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
1/ Dick Stroud makes clear in his book that pre-1960, there was no uniformity across England and Wales in what a Sec Mod was, what education it provided or didn't provide, or whether it was easy or hard or impossible to transfer.
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
Peter Hitchens' Half Hour | 15-08-22 youtu.be/jcKnW3YGXzo via @YouTube
 
 
I thought they would go. Thank you. @jmrose71.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
Lovely and thoughtful piece, thank you. I went to the Pitt Rivers for the first time only last year; it was a mix of the thrilling, as you recall, and the patronising, as you lament. Need to go back with more time. Heads, of course, have gone.
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
'Who was that bent figure flitting about the Pitt-Rivers Museum, feebly lit by inadequate lamps of antique pattern? As the whole vast room, was filled with fetishes, objects of pagan worship, and actual shrunken heads, it was impossible to be sure' thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
'What has become of the old K.G.B. Museum? I was admitted to this unholy place during my years as a British correspondent. The K.G.B. wished to gloat, for some reason, about the many spies it had recruited from Britain’s shambling drunken establishment', thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
'I suppose the important difference between rock festivals and museums is that extroverts living next door to museums never complain about the powerful silence that radiates from them, night and day.' thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
I was once told by an official at the National Archives in Kew that they had upped security after finding a Scotsman trying to eat the original copy of the 1707 Act of Union. It is possible, of course, that he was pulling my leg.
 
Thank you @erinldaly
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
Great piece. Brought back memories of touring the Stasi museum in Berlin a couple of years ago. Such a sobering experience.
 
In reply to @Brucescribbler
@brucescribbler. Surely it would be easier for me to just be quiet about it? In fact I support measures that would make it easier for others to do as I do.
In reply to @guffynicola
Easy for Peter Hitchens to support bicycles and trains because his circumstances don't require more than this.
 
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
In reply to @niall_gooch
Increasingly favourable to the Peter Hitchens solution of just recruiting brand new organisations to undertake policing and, once the new forces are ready, abolishing all the existing ones.
 
'I suppose the important difference between rock festivals and museums is that extroverts living next door to museums never complain about the powerful silence that radiates from them, night and day.' thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
'What has become of the old K.G.B. Museum? I was admitted to this unholy place during my years as a British correspondent. The K.G.B. wished to gloat, for some reason, about the many spies it had recruited from Britain’s shambling drunken establishment', thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
'Perhaps it was the ghost of the cruel English squire whose grisly steel-jawed man-trap, designed to end the careers of poachers with a crunch of bone and a lot of bleeding, was casually displayed, as if it was not especially horrible.' thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
'Who was that bent figure flitting about the Pitt-Rivers Museum, feebly lit by inadequate lamps of antique pattern? As the whole vast room, was filled with fetishes, objects of pagan worship, and actual shrunken heads, it was impossible to be sure' thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
'I was actually allowed to hold in my hands the vellum roll on which the original 1689 English Bill of Rights is inscribed. I had the impression that I had stopped breathing.' thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
I am not outraged @nkovillage
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
You are days behind with this latest faux outrage GBN's Colin Brazier was frothing about this at least two weeks ago
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
from Guy Fawkes’S Lantern to Lenin’s Rolls-Royce and Stalin’s ear. Museums I have loved. thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
Could this grey speck really have been a morsel of elephant killed to feed the starving in the Paris Siege of 1870? Perhaps. thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
Who might that figure be, flitting about the upper levels of the Pitt-Rivers Museum in the dim light, among the totem poles, the fetishes, the man traps and the shrunken heads? Best not to look. thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
Who might that figure be, flitting about the upper levels of the Pitt-Rivers Museum in the dim light, among the totem poles, the fetishes, the man traps and the shrunken heads? Best not to look. thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
Could this grey speck really have been a morsel of elephant killed to feed the starving in the Paris Siege of 1870? Perhaps. thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
from Guy Fawkes’S Lantern to Lenin’s Rolls-Royce and Stalin’s ear. Museums I have loved. thelampmagazine.com/2022/08/15/guy…
Guy Fawkes's Lantern
thelampmagazine.com
 
 
E-scooter riders ARE more reckless than cyclists, study hints mol.im/a/11112341 via @MailOnline
 
.@toryeverliars. Am I only allowed to be interested in grand subjects? What an odd conceit.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
Is this what you've been reduced to? My word, that is some spectacular fall.
 
Perhaps, @johndryden85 but she was, for instance, wholly on board with conventional wisdom about Yugoslavia.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
True, @ClarkeMicah , but let's give credit where due. I find it impossible to imagine her imposing Covid lockdowns. I feel sure she would have refused to accept them.
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
.@chuggerphoenix. How kind of you to remind me of the sort of attack dissenters had to put up with at the time, crammed, like yours today, with intricate reasoning and an impressive grasp of the facts. ☠️ Comprehensive Britain once again demonstrates its intellectual force
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
In reply to @macd23891329
What happened to communism? New Labour was a triumph of the reborn left, made to seem like a takeover by the right by Peter Hitchens (@ClarkeMicah) spectator.co.uk/article/what-h…
What happened to communism? | The Spectator
spectator.co.uk
 
In your humble opinion, .@contrahitch99. youtube.com/watch?v=DM7K1w…
In reply to @exotic_grundy
And Peter Hitchens’ books not a patch on Christopher’s nor his debating prowess over the years: m.youtube.com/watch?v=ngjQs_…
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
In reply to @toadmeister
Peter Hitchens wins this "I told you so" contest for his predictions in mid March 2020.
 
Peter Hitchens Retweeted ·  
In reply to @100pcLondoner
Journalists are supposed to ask hard questions & investigate instead of cajoling the population not to see their mothers on Mother’s Day. Peter Hitchens seemed alone in the mainstream media protesting lockdown from the start & never complained of being threatened.
 
.@chuggerphoenix. How kind of you to remind me of the sort of attack dissenters had to put up with at the time, crammed, like yours today, with intricate reasoning and an impressive grasp of the facts. ☠️ Comprehensive Britain once again demonstrates its intellectual force
In which Peter Hitchens, Dan Hannan and another assorted of cretinous fruit-loops assert they were right about the pandemic despite literally all the opposing evidence.
 
@misss_snuffy, I suspect that @comp_future means lotteries, the current fashionable solution to selection by wealth, and an interesting example of a solution even madder than the problem it is supposed to solve.
In reply to @comp_future
Innovative admissions policies? What do you mean?
 
2/2 @comp_future The main argument against comps is that they are plainly so much worse than what they replaced. If Dr Who had been sent off to the present day in 1965 to tell us what was going to happen, we never would have destroyed the grammars - or the secondary mods.☠️
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
Also funny that the opponents of comprehensives think any problems with these schools are overpowering arguments against their existence. Want 30% of 'smarter' pupils in a different building? Or try comps with sets. House price and catchment? Try innovative admission policies.😉
 
.@chimewhistle, from January 2021. 'I wear this to protect the other engines'. says Maurice. (he had not read the Danmask study)
‘I wear this mask to protect the other trains’ . Maurice the Masked Engine at Paddington Station. pic.twitter.com/BC8HQpVH8g
 
I know, @chimewhistle . I posted some studies of Maurice the masked Engine at the time.
In reply to @ClarkeMicah
 
.@michaelrosenyes. Since the introduction of the Comprehensive school system, and the adoption of theexaminations and curriculum suited to it, *nobody* of any class in these schools follows an academic course comparable to those available in grammar schools before 1965.
In reply to @Reb1958
2/ If we compare like with like, we arrive at W.Class students in comps now. We can ask, do any (how many) follow an 'academic' course (as you put it)? Can they? Do they? How many?
 
 
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