Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Out of order VI...

Lying bastard politician...Andy Burnham (Labour's shadow education secretary) has said that: "English schools are better today than they were in the 80s and 90s but of course we all want them to be amongst the best in the world". [Link]

Overall scores for UK pupils, down in every discipline (no doubt including discipline itself if they measured it!): "stagnant at best" according to the OECD. The only bright spot was that in Science they were above average...and only fell a couple of places. 'Education, edukaysion, eaduqcashun'.

Update 9pm: Gold star to 13th Spitfire:
You're smart, you're average and you're thick. Don't worry, we have something for all of you.
"And most of all, they keep their education system away from the clutches of Politicians. Their kids are far too important for a few dozen idiots to ruin. It's time we learned to be honest with our population again. We OWE it to them."

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Paul said...

Comment from a retired teacher at the weekend made me smile, he said that when he began teacher training in the 1950's he was told that education was dumbing down and exams were easier than before the war. In the 1960's he told his staff that the exams were easier than in the 1950's. In the 1970's when GCSE's were revised he was told it was because exams were getting easier and then in the 1980's he was told that the exams would have to be revised again because too many people were passing at high grades.

What was that expression again? Ah yes, plus ca change.

Span Ows said...

The funny thing about your whole 1st paragraph is that it's all probably true!

However, Burnham's comment just made me see red: confronted with quantifiable evidence to the contrary he states that black is white.