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  • Wendy Berliner: Only teachers can know the reality of the classroom
    Sunday, 13 October 2002

    Two teenage boys are told by a teacher to stop throwing stones at the gym's windows. A perfectly sensible request. They are acting in a way that any parent should have forbidden their children from doing since infancy. End of story. Except it's n...

  • Expelling pupils is easy - changing them is the hard part
    Saturday, 12 October 2002

    As a way of improving discipline and average examination results, expelling badly behaved children is simple and effective. It should be obvious, though, that it does not solve a problem; it merely moves it somewhere else. It is correct, then, that a...

  • At last, a politician saying something sensible about drugs and addiction
    Saturday, 12 October 2002

    Not all of the proposed policy would work but there was more sense in it than a lot of what we've heard about drugs down the years. The Tory Home Affairs spokesman, Oliver Letwin, is offering rehab and not retribution, tough love rather than a t...

  • David McKittrick: Will this crisis turn into a catastrophe?
    Saturday, 12 October 2002

    The political world has yet to figure out whether the latest extreme turbulence in the Irish peace process is catastrophic or just another of the crises which it has periodically encountered and overcome.It will certainly be a major setback when t...

  • It's those frozen babies I feel sorry for
    Saturday, 12 October 2002

    Let me start by assuring you that I am not taking the following subject lightly. Me, frivolous? Perish the thought. Or better still freeze it. I refer of course to Emily, the ice baby as the newspapers are calling her, who was conceived from an ...

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