Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.
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Chris McGovern: Schools’ white poppies are an affront to our fallen heroes

As Remembrance Day draws closer, white poppies from the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) are, for the first time, on sale in our schools. This is surprising since the United Nations, at the UK’s prompting, has already designated an annual International Day of Peace (September 21). For ‘peace activists’ to trespass on the remembrance territory surrounding […]

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Chris McGovern: Singapore’s lesson for Brexit Britain: Learn another language

Should post-Brexit UK seek to become an Atlantic Singapore? By any reckoning, this Asia-Pacific tiger economy has been a remarkable success story since gaining full independence from Britain in 1963 and being expelled from Malaysia in 1965. Writing in the Telegraph this week, Professor Lutfey Siddiqi of Singapore’s National University noted: ‘In absolute terms, 5million […]

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Chris McGovern: Raise class sizes to cut the Leftie indoctrination

The continuing growth in pupil numbers is causing alarm bells to ring in schools across the country. Head teachers say that they are struggling to cope and claim they need more funding. Ahead of the Tory Party conference, in another overt act of educational politicisation, 4,000 have written to parents calling on their support. Similar […]

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Chris McGovern: Don’t blame lack of funding for learning problems. Blame feckless parents

Last year the OECD reported that 16- to 19-year-olds in England are bottom amongst developed countries for literacy and second bottom for numeracy. It also noted, ‘England has more university students with weak literacy and numeracy skills than most countries’. The publication makes grim reading. It provides an insight into what lies behind the façade […]

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Chris McGovern: Greening the dunce needs learning support

It should be a truth universally acknowledged that if there is a way to degrade our education system, the Department for Education and its offshoots will find it. Sub-standard comprehensive schooling backed up by the all-ability GCSE examination was an impressive start to the process. It was followed by the introduction of a ‘knowledge-lite’ National […]

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Chris McGovern: Goodbye memory, hello Google Translate

Professor Eric Mazur has told the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit that, because we can access the internet, ‘we don’t need to remember anything’ these days. He encourages students to use their smartphones and laptops in exams to ‘look up whatever you want’. On a recent BBC Radio 5 Live discussion, in which I […]

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