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“Rich, thick kids do better than poor, clever children …’ – Gove July 28th 2010
July 28, 2010, 10:11 pm
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Michael Gove said to MP’s on the cross-party Commons education committee that “Rich, thick kids do better than poor, clever children …’

Later, Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers offered criticism of Gove’s choice of words saying that ‘Thick is not a word that is currently in use in schools.  It is demeaning to children’.  Click on the link below to see the article.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/jul/28/gove-academies-rich-thick-kids

Michael Gove has also recently been forced to apologise in the Commons over his announcing of a list of cancelled school rebuilding projects.  The list was strewn with errors despite the fact that on two occasions a member of his team had advised him to check the list’s accuracy. 

I think there is more than a hint of prejudice and dogma in Michael Gove’s statement.  I would never use the word ‘thick’ to describe children and it does not befit anyone in the Education sector to use such a description, least of all the Education minister.

However I do admit to feeling a little curious. In his heart of hearts, which of the descriptions would Mr Gove use to describe himself?

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