A new star on the education horizon

I think it is very refreshing to hear of an education specialist asking for evidence what actually works in schools and for comparison to results world-wide and somebody who condemns either right-wing or left-wing dogma.

Promises to improve education were very much behind my support for the Conservatives to learn that no real changes take place that affect the whole majority of people. There are only spot changes with some privately funded schools but the big majority of children are stuck in the same old trot with many schools being able to continually opt out of SATS monitoring.

Labour Education spokesman Stephen Twigg now has asked for the creating of an Education Standards watch body. Of course OfSted itself can’t do much within the given legislation if schools are not even compelled to supply their SATS results and can even opt out of SATS testing altogether.

It is horrible to see a talented child waste away in one of the typically slow learning Comprehensives. And it is equally horrible to see the statistics of the UK falling further and further down the achievement ladder in education. Tony Blair had no business seeking to make Education one of the most sellable assets of the UK economy when British school children themselves don’t do so well in education.

But don’t understand me wrong I do not mean to endorse the Labour Party as such, I just welcome the new and more level-headed approach, that at least opens up a discussion and seems to want to turn towards achievement.

The comprehensive school system is about as self-defeating as the current governments austerity measures. If you think that the majority of pupils in a Comprehensive are of lower or medium learning ability, you get the majority of parents supporting slow learning methods, which do not inspire progress and educational excellence.

A lot of comprehensive schools have only about 1/10 of excellent pupils and they are slowly dragged down by the slow learning majority. The ratio of clever children must be higher to drive up the standards for the whole school.

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