With just a few weeks before local schools close for the summer (break out the Valium!) I thought it appropriate to include them in a few moans this week.
Once again the British educational system is in disarray. This week’s disclosure that one of Britain’s biggest exam board is introducing so called ‘popular culture’ questions into it’s A level exams is almost beyond belief.
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Example: Q. Analyse the transcript of Claudia Winkleman and the film critic Danny Leigh discussing the film ‘Spiderhole’ on the TV show Film 2010.
You couldn’t make it up could you? Where are these idiots coming from? Don’t ask me. No, to my mind the only real answer to all this nonsense is a reversion back to the highly successful post world WWII eras.
At between the ages of four and five you went to mixed infants school. At seven or eight you transferred to junior school, also mixed. There you were groomed for the 11 plus, three R’s exam. (No questions on ‘Dick Barton Special Agent!’) Those who passed went on to grammar schools, which ultimately offered the opportunity for pupils to enter university. Those who failed the exam, were given the chance of attending technical college for whatever skills they wished to pursue, or alternatively moved to senior schools where they left at 15 or 16 and went into normal jobs; many accepting the offers of apprentiship in various occupations.+
Also, if you wished, at senior school, you could often stay on for a further year and take your GCE’s, a higher educational certificate presenting a much wider selection of job opportunities. And that was that. It worked perfectly, until left winger’s decided to ‘improve ‘it. Now its complete chaos and they’re all stumped! And of course the PC’s are still walking tall among us. I recall the head teacher reprimanding both pupils and parents for their offspring’s playing ‘gun games’.
Apparently, he objected to the children pointing their fingers and saying bang! Personally I can’t remember a time in my childhood when hours of leisure weren’t filled with Cowboys and Indians. ‘Gotcha, you’re dead’ and the sound of your pistol or rifle, imitated faithfully through clenched jaws and tightly pursed lips, was a part of growing up. We saw no evil in it. All our ‘victims’, took part in the next game. And that’s all they were; Innocent games of children.
I can’t remember one of my particular ‘posse’ ever turning into a mass murderer. It is a society of violent computer games and a ‘dumbed down’ education system that has created these young psychopaths. These human rights and PC do good bunglers are the true reasons our young are running riot. Gawd. Will no one rid us of this troublesome bunch of self satisfied incompetent morons? Somehow the signs are not good.