Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What education system?

Dangerously Subversive Dad has recently taken his ten year old daughter out of the state education system and is now home-schooling her.
It's scary how fast she is coming along at home. Last week she scored 80% on a Maths paper intended for children 18 months further along, and Maths is her poorest subject! Huge improvements in handwriting, grammar, and general presentation. This in ten weeks. Is this a compliment to our teaching methods? Not especially I suspect. It's much more an indictment of the first degree murder of British Education in the last thirty years of Politically Correct Leftist lunacy.

Of all of the fucking shitty things that this god-awful bunch of NuLabour shysters have done to this country, the acceleration of the wrecking of the education system—and I use the word "system" advisedly—is the one that is going to damage us for far longer than anything else (except possibly PFI). For fuck's sake, the very existance of an A* (which I believe the Tories introduced) is a sign of how debased our exam system has become.

It's time for a rethink: it's time to take the politics out of the schools. Privatise the schools, allow anyone to start a school, abolish the fund-thieving LEAs, and fund the schools through a voucher system. It worked in Sweden, there is no reason that it should not work here.

There is a party that supports this policy, you know...

5 comments:

youdontknowme said...

I agree to a degree that we should go the Swedish way however I do think there should be a 'State option'. I think the headteachers of the state schools should be elected. Either that or we have Education Commissioners for each county and have them elected and have them control the state schools in their area.

Tim Almond said...

Bit of a difference between being in a class and having a full-time personal tutor.

(not saying there aren't things I'd do with the state system, but doesn't seem comparable).

Neil Harding said...

If a parent has got the time and educational expertise to teach their kids at home, then of course one to one tuition with a parent is going to be better for the child than state (or private) education. But only wealthy parents can afford to do this.

Anyway there is more to life than academic results. Isn't a kid who spends this much time at home with their parents missing out on something?

As for the voucher system - I am sure a system could be designed that could work well but I know the Tory system at the last election wasn't it. Don't know enough about the Swedish and Ukip versions, can someone enlighten me in a few words.

youdontknowme said...

If you want to know about the swedish version read this:

http://oldfraser.lexi.net/publications/critical_issues/1999/school_choice/section_06.html

Neil Harding said...

cheers!