Its a ‘Goven’ – not!

Benedict Brogan is ‘at it again’ – publishing something which is strongly suspected was penned by the subject of the post, or his SPAD.

Brogan writes on the matter of Michael Gove wishing to re-introduce ‘O’ Level  exams, dispensing with GCSEs. Besides being an attempt to ‘stir up trouble’ twixt the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, thus showing the Conservatives as being ‘dog dog’, it is also no more than publicizing – and ‘bigging-up’ – as Brogan would have it seen, ‘Planet Gove’. That Brogan can see it as no more than a ‘point scoring’ exercise speaks volumes where journalism, politics and government in this country is concerned.

While political party after political party ‘mess around’ with educational standards, imposing their ideology on the educational system, is it any wonder that said educational system is of such a poor quality? That is the reason why our political elite ‘run round’ attempting to solve an unemployment problem of their own making (talk about ‘work creation’).

Are the children having to suffer from dysfunctional and inferior educational curricula those of the political elite? No – because the political elite make ‘other arrangements’ (Diane Abbott?). Should it not be the choice of a child’s parents what type of education a child receives? Should not education be a local matter, devolved to county level? Does not competition among providers produce higher levels of ‘service’ – providing of course governments do not interfere? Does not competition among providers soon bring ‘close of business’ to those who don’t/can’t offer what the ‘market’ requires?

Where education is concerned, it most definitely is not a ‘Goven’.


6 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    Gove is the only cabinet minister who’s trying to do something good (primary school reform, tougher A levels etc) in the4 teeth of opposition from the political and civil service establishment. Returning to tough standards – for teachers too, as he’s intending – shows that there’s at least one conservative in the Tory party.

    • david says:

      That may be so, but I still maintain that other than setting down requirements that children must be educated it is up to parents to decide what type of education, which school, what curricula they wish taught, etc. It is not up to politicians!

  2. john in cheshire says:

    I regard myself as an exemplar of the grammar school system and I haven’t seen anything since, in the past 40+ years to persuade me otherwise. On the otherhand, I have been convinced that socialism is just evil. And I hope that Mr Gove ensures that the evils of socialism are taught to our children.

    • david says:

      There we disagree – I believe that only facts should be taught in school and that political indoctrination from either, or any, side should be omitted.

      By all means have political discourse but it should be in the form of debate so that those attending can form their own opinions and then argue their beliefs.

  3. james Higham says:

    The issue is that the teachers are politically in the image of their hirers who are leftist PCists, into the ideological rather than the cognitive. That can’t be changed overnight.

    • david says:

      Quite agree, but give the parents the rights that should be theirs and the ‘system’ will soon change.

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