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Only Latte-Sippers™ would think that a course like this would be of any value whatsoever

There are some stories that just make you laugh uncontrollably and this is one of them.

: The University of Action Learning, Vanuatu

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….
ROTFLAO Comrades
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18 Comments

  1. raydixon says:

    Well they must be pretty stupid back in the homeland, Iain, if they fell for this!

  2. Toaf says:

    I dunno out it being a course for lefties. I heard of “emotional literacy” when reading about “emotional intelligence”; in Harvard Business Review. No lefties there, mate.

  3. Toaf says:

    Err, that should be “dunno about”. Maybe I need a literacy course.

  4. Mark L. says:

    Relevance and worth are all relative, of course. What did you study again, Iain, drama was it? There would be some on your side of politics who would write that off as “touchy-feely new-age bullshit” with no practical or tangible value.

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Mark
    Drama is all about how to effectively communicate ideas and what could be more relevant in the age of instantaneous communications?

  6. Mark L. says:

    Drama is all about how to effectively communicate ideas in person and in the age of ‘instantaneous communication’ I can see very little relevance for drama at all.

  7. Toaf says:

    Iain, I still don’t understand why you think this course is for lefties. Can you explain?

  8. Iain Hall says:

    Damian
    show me any conservative who would even think of doing a course about “emotional literacy” 🙄 only the touchy feely new age left would touch it.
    Mark
    how can you , as a teacher of English be so ignorant of the value of drama in the understanding of almost every mode of communication? It is much more that communicating in person.

  9. Toaf says:

    Iain, you made the claim so you show me some lefties who did it.

    I reckon it would have been people trying to learn to be more effective in business They were concerned with personal effectiveness. When I was asked to read stuff about emotional intelligence it was in a corporate environment (global finance company) and my boss was certainly not a lefty.

  10. Iain Hall says:

    Damian the source piece talks about the course being aimed at teachers…

  11. Mark L. says:

    Mark how can you , as a teacher of English be so ignorant of the value of drama in the understanding of almost every mode of communication? It is much more that communicating in person.

    Iain, why are you presuming that I teach English when I’ve never said so, and for that matter why are you presuming that I’m a teacher?

    Of course I don’t dismiss the value of drama; I’m playing devil’s advocate. But nor do I dismiss the value of emotional literacy or intelligence either, just because it doesn’t fit into my world view. It’s all relative Iain – there would be plenty who would say the same about drama that you do about this particular course.

  12. Shawn Whelan says:

    So some are still believing that crackpot idea of AGW?

    Where is all this water to flood the Earth going to come from?

    So far Winter is coming early to North America and the Arctic is rapidly refreezing.

    Soon the governments will be very short of money since there will be no receipts from capital gains tax and base metals, wood and everything else will not be in demand do to the failing economy. Only the government workers, who really do nothing valuable will still be working. That won’t last long.

    Read, Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” to get an accurate idea.

  13. Iain Hall says:

    Mark
    You have previously claimed to be an English teacher 🙄

  14. Craigy says:

    “Only the government workers, who really do nothing valuable “

    What a strange statement Shawn.

    I am a government worker, care to explain?

  15. Craigy says:

    Also Shawn

    Interesting you like Rand…….considering her homophobic and misogynistic views….

  16. Craigy says:

    Iain, boy your mind is so closed…read this, it might help your kids if they ever have issues.

    Fiona Feehan, national coordinator of the National Healthy Schools Programme (NHSS) for England said: ‘The NHSS has emotional health and wellbeing as one of its core four themes. We place great importance on a healthy school being one that also caters for the emotional health and wellbeing of its pupils and staff. This includes information and awareness-raising alongside clear referral pathways and systems of support.’

    – one in five children has psychological problems

    – one in 10 children has a clinically diagnosable mental disorder

    – over 60% of teenage boys don’t know what to do when someone becomes emotional towards them

    – over 40% of girls also don’t know how to react to someone who’s upset

    – over half of teenagers don’t know how to express their feelings – they can only stick to the facts when they talk about their problems

    – 10% of teenagers (15 to 16-year-olds) have self-harmed

    – a record 60 children a day are suspended or sent home from London schools for violent behaviour

    – 75% of children with ‘conduct disorder’ problems when aged 10 still have them when aged 15 years old

    -50% of children with emotional problems when aged 10 still have them when aged 15 years old

    – emotional health promotion should not rely on information alone but should involve the development of student skills and behaviours that are reinforced in the wider community

    – emotional and social competence has been shown to be more influential than cognitive abilities for personal, career and scholastic success. Working in this area can improve educational and life chances.

    http://www.teachingexpertise.com/articles/a-new-emotional-health-programme-for-young-people-1542

  17. Mark L. says:

    You have previously claimed to be an English teacher

    Iain, is that so? Please provide me with a link to exactly where I said it.

  18. Craigy says:

    Oh and ‘Fiona Feehan, national coordinator of the National Healthy Schools Programme’ must be a Latte Sipper according to you. Can you prove it?

    If not, I guess your just making stuff up again!

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