I was so moved by Malala’s story and seeing her on television that I just had to put something down on paper. With job openings being rare (and often requiring advanced degrees for even general labor jobs) and many people being available to fill them, employers will understandably be choosier than during better times. Applications from homeless people will go to the bottom of the application pile for numerous reasons.
Another invaluable resource here is the Between the Lions Curriculum Guide It shows teachers and homeschooling parents how they can incorporate the games and interactives into their reading lessons. And it provides an excellent background on the basic building blocks of reading skills using phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.
I use this as one of a number of activities when I teach the continents (I have classroom helpers who make this possible). I just have one jigsaw puzzle and students work on it in groups of 4. I time them to see which group can finish the fastest. Of course, if you have lots of money at your disposal it would be great to buy multiple copies so all the students could work on theirs at the same time.
I don’t live in the UK, but I am in grade 11(16yrs old) and still have grade 12 to complete. (Also, since I left school in the middle of the school year, I wasn’t granted any credits for grade 11, which is why I had to do ministry approved courses online to get credits, which would show up on my transcript, and I could use that for university/college admissions).
The presumption that people equal a certain factor based on their given talents, would make a great module you could plug into a computer analysis determining their fate if it were feasible. But the human condition is one of development, determination and sometimes just plain luck. I know of a lot of really smart people who do really stupid things thinking they are in control of the situation.
I don’t have first-hand experience with the program, but they loved the Waldorf philosophy for the preschool years. They decided it wasn’t a good fit as the children got older (probably since their older child is a math and computer whiz, and the anti-technology philosophy doesn’t jive with his abilities and needs as a pre-adolescent).