Lost generation

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It was only to be expected but still appalling for all that.  The greatest obstacle to getting sanity back into schools is the teachers themselves.  A steady recruitment, over two decades, of basically leftist teachers and curriculum formulators has meant there is little concern for our nation’s heritage any more.  This is to prepare the young for acquiescence when Europe moves in.

If Cameron was really a Tory, he’d begin the long, hard job of replacing teachers of that ilk with proper educators who teach a rounded education.  Trouble is, they’re now few and far between and aging.  The only chance is for them to be allowed back into curriculum research and into teacher training institutions to hopefully influence the next generation.

Gen Y/Z is now truly lost after 13 years, just as Gen X was after the boomers, so it’s a case of beginning the long haul.  Five years will hardly be enough.  Just as a matter of interest, I’d expect a kid of 14 to be not too badly off if he could give at least sketchy details of, say:

1.  Winston Churchill
2.  The two world wars
3.  Henry VIII and Elizabeth
4.  1066 [of course]
5.  The ’45
6.  Agincourt
7.  1215
8.  Doomsday Book
9.  The Beatles
10.  [Insert topic here]

13 comments for “Lost generation

  1. May 14, 2010 at 09:36

    So being able to count doesn’t count. No pun intended.

    We need to get the basics right.

    1) The 1st R
    2) The 2nd R
    3) The Third R
    4) The Fourth R. Common sense and thinking for yourself.
    5) Morals, respect and obedience.
    6) Basic science.
    7) How Socialism never ever ever works and fucks everything up. Basic history.

  2. May 14, 2010 at 10:41

    Whichever order you like – it should be in there, the teachers should be teaching it and leading by example. By the look of the product, they’re not.

  3. dearieme
    May 14, 2010 at 11:04

    This is, of course, English history not British. But even then: 4 and 8 are the same topic i.e. Normans, the ’45 is too unimportant, as is Agincourt. You’ve managed to leave out the Civil War and the Glorious Revolution, the Union, the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, the Empah, and the Napoleonic Wars. Your list is a bit thin for Primary Schools; for bright 14 year olds it’s awfully thin and also far too parochial. Christ, at 14 I could have given you a precis of the European Wars of Nationalism (French Revolutionary Wars, on to Bismarck and Garibaldi), the Reformation (Wycliffe, Hus, Luther, Calvin, “Paris is worth a mass”, St Bartholomew’s massacres, et bloody cetera), the Age of Exploration (Prince Henry the Navigator through to Magellan), the Rise of Science (Copernicus-Galileo-Tycho Brahe-Kepler-Newton) and so forth. But then I wasn’t subjected to the parochialism of an English education, and schools were for schooling back then.

    Still, you presumably meant it as the bare minimum for dim 14 year olds. Even there, it might be thin gruel for boys. A bit more bloodshed and some of the whizzo inventions of the Industrial Revolution would surely appeal to young barbarians?

  4. May 14, 2010 at 11:12

    Can’t disagree with that, Dearieme. My words were “at least sketchy details of, say”, the “say” being all important. If you were setting the questions, none of the above would cause any qualms. Let’s just get some effing standards back in there and a culture, once more, of striving for excellence.

  5. dearieme
    May 14, 2010 at 11:45

    Some of my school teachers were excellent; I could weep for the poor wee buggers who have never experienced Good Stuff at school. On last night’s politics show with Andrew Neil, Diane Abbott complained that the era of Grammar School PMs has ended and we’re back to Public School men. I shouted at the screen that “it was you fuckers who shafted the Grammar Schools, you prat”, and then realised that she knew all that perfectly well, having sent her own boy to a public school. Socialists, eh?

  6. May 14, 2010 at 12:11

    F*****g yes, Dearieme. And there are many dotted about in this community who are of the same mind. Trouble is, there are those prats as well.

  7. JD
    May 14, 2010 at 13:22

    teach them to read = essential
    teach them to write = essential
    teach them to add up = essential

    everything else is propaganda

    Grammar schools are overrated; well, mine was.
    Up to the age of eleven I had an excellent school (reading Don Quijote in primary school would be unheard of now) and then came the waste of five deadly dull years, I left at 16 and recommenced my education.

  8. Chuckles
    May 14, 2010 at 15:52

    Entirely wrong. You do not reform the teacher training institutions, you abolish them. Likewise ALL departments of Education. They are the problem, and responsible for this nonsensical idea that nobody can teach without an ‘education’ qualification.
    Producer capture.

  9. May 14, 2010 at 16:46

    There’s wisdom in that.

  10. May 14, 2010 at 18:29

    1. Winston Churchill
    He woz on that program about black yoof in Brixton init

    2. The two world wars
    We woz taught about the European Civil wars in school…

    3. Henry VIII and Elizabeth
    Thats that fat bloke on a horse in them old books init

    4. 1066 [of course]
    Didnt some bloke wiv a funny name write a funny book called that.

    5. The ‘45
    Its wot John Wayne used init.

    6. Agincourt
    That wot Darrin does, he’s always in court agin.

    7. 1215
    Thats wot time me bus comes, so I can sign on..

    8. Doomsday Book
    Thats wot I sign when I get to the jobscentre

    9. The Beatles
    My mum sometimes talks about this boy band from when she was little, it must have been centuries ago..

    10. [Insert topic here]
    Oh yeah, me fav, got nuts in init

    Unfortunately the idea of putting decent education in front of youngsters these days goes against the whole socialist credo…but reclaiming our lost educational standards must be as high a priority for this government as everything else in their joint manifesto, or they will have failed the future generations as well.

  11. JD
    May 14, 2010 at 19:55

    Would it be too idealistic to suggest that schools teach the Seven Liberal Arts?

    The Quadrivium:
    Arithmetic
    Geometry
    Music
    Astronomy

    The Trivium :
    Logic
    Grammar
    Rhetoric

    Perhaps it is, as this was designed for the education of the ruling class. The seven seems to have been fixed in Roman times. In Greece, it depends on who you read, Plato included Gymnastics and Drawing to give a list of-Gymnastics,Grammar,Music,Drawing,Arithmetic and Geometry whereas Philo took out Gymnastics and Drawing and added Logic and Rhetoric.

    So what do you think you should teach, James?

    How about-
    Reading and Writing (in more than one language)
    Mathematics in all its forms
    Music and Dance(dancers are fitter and tougher than most athletes)….***
    Life Drawing
    Logic
    Animal Husbandry (gets round the problem of sex education)

    If my school had offered all this I might have paid more attention.

    *** get your class to do this as an end of term project
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8yGGtVKrD8

  12. May 14, 2010 at 22:12

    Especially if you like your eggs on the Jersey side …

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