Education, as we know it, has lost the plot

The most damaging aspect of “all must have prizes” is the massive social dislocation which costs billions, in order to force an outcome which simply is not logical.

The article on the dumbing down of results has been confirmed by so many sources that it is no longer the issue.  The issue is the damage.  Some comments on the Mail article:

For Louise and others like her who have worked hard to achieve good results, the problem is that, before the fudging of results, you and the other hard working students would have stood out from the rest. Now, under a system which allows so many students to come out with high number of good passes, it is difficult to see WHO the hard working ones are.

It is the same at University. There are too many students going to university, who would perhaps be better served going to a technical college, apprenticeships, “hands-on” jobs. The reason so many of us are quite vocal about the failing Education system, is that we work alongside school leavers/Graduates in weak subjects and we KNOW how poor their basic ability is.

I see it every time I speak with young people and it’s dismaying.  My literacy level is perhaps a bit higher than many because it became my profession but basically I was not much better educated than many of my era and the bottom line is that anyone educated back then had at least a chance to be literate, numerate and with some general knowledge of the world.

They seem unable to bear the idea that children have differing talents, so instead of ensuring that every child has the basics – reading, writing and arithmetic, if you like – then streaming according to ability so that the academically gifted do academic subjects and the practically gifted do practical ones, which would allow every pupil to feel – rightly – that they’re good at something, they delude their pupils that every one is equally good at everything. As a preparation for life it’s rubbish; dragging everyone down to the lowest common denominator is a criminal waste of talent.

Yes, it’s entirely the wrong way to go about it.  Class and monetary barriers to emerging talent is a no-no and this can even come down, partly, to simple things such as adequate nutrition.  The scholarship system is a good one and if the government, national and local, would get out of taxing businesses to death, then some of the disposable revenue could go to nurturing new talent, admittedly for the industry which provides the funding.

There’s no perfect solution and yet allowing supported talent to find its level is the only way to go but most definitely not this artificial inflating of the impossible.  We have such a fundamental political difference here, don’t we?

One side says let talent rise naturally and those who don’t make the cut in one direction try another – law of life.  The other side says that the whole infrastructure of society in general and education in particular must be so skewed that “no child is left behind”, whatever the cost to that society.

The answer is that no child would be left behind if allowed to find his/her level and that’s what vocational guidance in schools should be all about.  No one is saying children should be left to sink or swim – there’s much compassion in the vocational guidance area but compassion does not equal false constructs!

It’s a shock to the system that this even needs to be spelt out.

5 comments for “Education, as we know it, has lost the plot

  1. dearieme
    March 21, 2011 at 15:34

    I laugh at most of your c0nspiratorial posts, Hob, but this little extract from WKPD made me wonder whether there has been one dreadfully effective, widespread conspiracy in my lifetime.

    “Before 1971, the UK had a relatively liberal drugs policy and it was not until United States influence had been brought to bear, particularly in United Nations circles, that controlling incidental drug activities was employed to effectively criminalise drugs use.” The Mafia, the Kennedys, and various others had done well out of Prohibition – did they quite consciously fancy another drink from that well?

  2. March 21, 2011 at 16:14

    As Sackerson’s blogheader says: “They laughed at Noah.”

    As you say about drugs – prohibition is a great moneyspinner.

  3. March 21, 2011 at 20:18

    It also exists amongst the Public Sector for some of us unfortunate adults. (allow me ot publish my follow up comment to my own post30 Words or Fewer

    “Well the results are in from the marking.

    Total was out of 44 , (with 8 of that being for attendance 3 and conduct 5, so they were in the bag) plus 4 x 9 points for each competency

    No one ever gets 9= ‘Exceptional’ on these things, but not holding with false modesty. I am damn good at my job, so was quietly confident of at least a 38, but hoping for a 40

    And indeed that is what I was told initially I scored at 40/44

    But being as we were in a pool with two other offices, it seems their scores were significantly lower.

    Rather than assuming we were perhaps better staff, the SMT decided my office had been too generous in their marking and ordered our marks to be revised downwards and resubmitted, which I understand under protest they were.

    Only to be told they were still ‘too high’ and go back and score them again, at this point I’m told there was a minor mutiny amongst our managers, but they caved in the end.

    Which is how I went from an excellent 40/44 to an average 35/44 which I find insulting.

    I have 5 days to appeal , but frankly I’m not sure its worth it, as there may not be an extension at the end anyway for anyone.

    By way of consolation we were told that the downgrading of marks did not affect the ranking i.e if I was in the top 10 on 40/44 , I was still in the top 10 on 35/44

    If you can believe that, yet what if someone at another office was a 36 and stayed at that, yet I’m now a 35, are they the better employee now?”

  4. March 21, 2011 at 21:39

    That’s a terrible situation. It’s simply falsification, approved by management to produce a well formed outcome. And they really think this is acceptable?

  5. March 21, 2011 at 21:58

    And they really think this is acceptable?

    They honestly do.

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