No government can feel satisfied with itself until it has “overhauled” the education system. This one is no different, but is it going in the right direction?
The education secretary, Michael Gove, has a plan for GCSEs meant to make Britain more competitive in the world and tackle ‘grade inflation’. The concern is that Britain’s education system is falling behind – the Chinese work harder, the Americans are more innovative, the Germans more logical and the Scandianvians are just better. And there have been more passes and higher grades every year that GCSEs have been taken since their invention in 1988.
Britain has lost its perspective. Either that or its had one too many pints. Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, had to flee demonstrators in Edinburgh yesterday who were calling him racist, and take refuge in a pub. Safe in a BBC radio studio after he had been extracted by police, he called the demonstrators “fascist scum“.
This depresses me hugely, because it it synonymous with why Britain is in decline. Here are the three big problems:
England (and Anglesey) is voting today in local elections, both at the council and parish level (with a couple of mayors and one MP). That’s over 2,300 seats available. In may ways, local elections will have more of an impact on your life than full-scale general ones. So get out there and vote.