There are some stories that just make you laugh uncontrollably and this is one of them.
Schools and councils have wasted £300,000 allowing staff to study for a worthless qualification in ’emotional literacy’.
The course was accredited only by an internet university based on the tiny South Pacific island state of Vanuatu.
And because the university appears to amount to no more than a website and a single office, the course has been stripped of educational status.
Hundreds of teachers and council staff had studied for the certificates and diplomas on courses endorsed by Vanuatu’s University of Action Learning.
The courses were run in the UK by the School of Emotional Literacy, based in Kirkcaldy, Fife.
The postgraduate students hoped to use the qualifications for credits toward further study. But British universities have rejected the diplomas as worthless because of the link with Vanuatu.
Emotional literacy is supposed to help staff to communicate their feelings better and understand the feelings of their pupils.
Carole Davies, headmistress of Lydden Primary School near Dover, was among those who took the course.
‘It was just not valuable at all,’ she told the Times Educational Supplement. ‘ Thousands and thousands of words for no practical use and no educational status.’
I just can’t lose the vision of numbers of sincere serious Latte-Sippers™ studying this sort of guff and believing every part of it. The old adage that “there is a sucker born every minute” comes to mind.
Maybe instead of writing a blog I should have been running this sort of touchy feely new-age bullshit course, after all if the Latte-Sippers™ will pay to learn emotional literacy perhaps the would pay to do a course on New-age Latte literacy….