Tuesday, February 20, 2007


This is the triumph of state education in the UK:

The report said that five million adults lacked functional literacy and more than 17 million had difficulties with numbers.

More than one in six youngsters left school unable to read, write or add up properly, said the report.

Of course, this is about a survey. But I think this is how successive governments deal with the problems of an expanding underclass. Fail to educate them (at all), keep them drunk and give them unemployment benefit. Confine them to sink estates and pander to their prejudices at election time.

1 comment:

Yorkshireminer said...

What an indictment of the school system. Having to spent money to teach people what they should have learned at school is a waste of resources. Schools have as far as I see it two basic functions, one the socialization process learning to get on with each other, in my day it was usually sorted out in the playground and the other was in bibbing facts that would be useful when you left school. The important part of the educational life of the student is the formative years, infant school and junior school. When I was as school the three Rs were the rage and rightly so, now that seem so old fashioned, Teachers now seem to be so frightened by the pc crowd that they only do the bare minimum and try and keep there nose clean and take the money and dam the rest. The result seems a politically correct farce with the kids loosing out.