“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Friday, 22 July 2011

Schools Out!

Recent research has established that there is a far higher percentage of totally unqualified people on Glasgow North East than exist in Wimbledon. Well I'll be buggered! Who would have thought it? I don't think that any country in the world is as obsessed with education as we are. I don't mean obsessed with learning, discovery and contemplation but obsessed with the mechanics of education and, most of all, with the measuring of results and attainment. Hardly a day goes by without some new idea tipped to create an education breakthrough. You would have thought that we would have got it right by now. Kids are tested almost from the time that they emerge from the womb and career preparation follows almost as soon as the alphabet is mastered. Parents are driven to states of hysteria about grades and league tables. Many consider that the school round the corner is nowhere near as good as the one on the other side of the borough and that's without even thinking about the increasing number of middle class parents who are convinced that only a private education will equip their little darlings with the right start in life.
Well, school holidays have started kids, so just chill out, tell your Mum and Dad to get off your case and remember - you're a long time grown up.

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