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."