Matthew Wilson

About Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson works as an English teacher in a Scottish secondary school. He likes to blog about education, politics, economics and books. He thinks that schools have to change and adapt themselves more to the needs of the pupil so that people can develop the talents they have, in their own way.

‘Love on the Dole’ – a forgotten classic

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The bookshelves in English classrooms or English departments can be the depositories of secret treasures. A few minutes stolen in another colleague’s classroom while waiting for the Men’s to be freed-up or to avoid the threat of a suspected cover … Continue reading

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‘This is not about me’ by Janice Galloway

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  I have a long connection with Janice Galloway, author of The Trick is to Keep Breathing the Scottish Text for Higher English, even though she doesn’t know it. At a book reading twenty years ago I asked her a … Continue reading

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Should state schools not have charitable status?

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The state sector in education is undergoing a massive belt tightening that is leading to larger classes and, consequently, an impoverishment of the service it is able to deliver. The UK national debt will reach £1.5 trillion in 2015, requiring … Continue reading

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Twelve Years A Slave – Slavery as Video Art

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The political intentions of Twelve Years A Slave are so intertwined with a delayed justice that it is with a great deal of hesitancy that I would criticise the film, but although the film portrays the abuses of slavery in … Continue reading

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Chip on my shoulder about Scottish classics? Probably! – James Hogg and The Three Perils of Man

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It was once said about Linford Christie, the sprinter who ran for Great Britain, that he was perfectly balanced with ‘a chip on each shoulder’. I don’t know if I have developed a chip on each shoulder yet, but I … Continue reading

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Hamlet – a fascinating character and a great play for Higher English

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Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written. It’s not easy to explain why it is such a great play. Many people think that the plot is so flawed that it is amazing it works at all. It seems … Continue reading

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It’s time James Hogg was given his rightful place at the peak of Scottish Literature

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I’m reading James Hogg’s The Three Perils of Man. Unlike Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, it is not very well known. Thanks to Andre Gide’s introduction to the 1945 publication Hogg’s portrayal of a man … Continue reading

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Why don’t we teach Breaking Bad in the classroom?

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For those people who have signed-up for the Mars expedition and have begun intensive training, the recent airing of the final episode of Breaking Bad might will have passed them by. However, I would imagine that most of us will … Continue reading

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CfE – ‘dumbing down’ and where the CfE debate should go now

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A recent Scotsman article has provoked me to reflect on some of the author’s points. The author makes the point that we are subjected to an annual and predictable ritual as the exam envelopes drop onto doormats at this time of … Continue reading

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Interview with James Robertson, author of The Testament of Gideon Mack

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James Robertson is one of the foremost novelists writing in Scotland. His novel The Testament of Gideon Mack was selected by the SQA to be one of the Scottish Text novels for National 5 English. The novel starts in the … Continue reading

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