What they said...

21st September 2001 at 01:00
"The permanent secretary of the education department ... now there's a misnomer. I have personally known seven of them."- Peter Mortimore, ex-director of the Institute of Education, University of London "Reads tolerably - Writes indifferently - Ciphers a little and works neatly - Knows nothing of Grammar, Geography, History or Accomplishments. Altogether clever for her age but knows nothing systematically." - Headmistress's assessment of the eight-year-old Charlotte Bront , quoted by Sheffield University literacy researcher Elaine Millard

"Can you believe it, I'm the only person who got a decent job and I did the least work. Whopper sits at home playing on his PlayStation, Sue is at Gala Bingo, Leigh is still at IKEA. They were mugs doing all that work when you could just copy the assignments from the book."

- Comment by a former GNVQ student interviewed by John Preston of the Institute of Education, University of London

"Sporting activities are an important terrain for the demonstration of masculine prowess, again, reflecting the warrior as the paradigmatic instantiation of the dominating body."

- Carrie Paechter, of Goldsmiths' College, London, describing how PE helps to support gender stereotypes

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