May 2nd, 2012

Silence of the Pink ‘Un III

Once is chance, twice coincidence, but three times just looks like poor form from the FT’s Education Correspondent Chris Cook. Once again a story that is awkward for his proprietor – Pearson “the world’s leading learning company”- has failed to make the pages of the pink ‘un. After years of denials, Ofqual have finally ruled that exams are getting easier – a pretty big story it seems:

  • Sun: GCSE is too easy
  • Independent: Exams are easier now, report finds
  • Mirrror: Exams now easier than 10 years ago
  • Telegraph: Exam system ‘undermined after decade of dumbing down’
  • Mail: The proof that exams really have got easier
  • Guardian: A-level exams have become easier, says regulator
  • Times: A-levels have got easier, says exam chief

And nothing in the FT. Surely that pious and righteous bastion of journalistic integrity would not suppress the truth because of its commercial interests?


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  1. 1
    indeed says:

    Come on, he is a lefty.

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        Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

        Once again copying the USA as the UK education system spews out the BRAIN DEAD sheep needed, so that they dare not question anything as they dont have the confidence to think for themselves.
        “Take the money keep your head down and dont rock the boat”
        The words given to any one entering the PUBLIC SECTOR. No wonder the country is FU-KED. Lets have another War or build a few more windmills and shut any factories using electricity. ha ha hah ah aha

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    • 14
      Ireland's foremost bookmaker says:

      I paid out on Harry Redknapp getting the England job. I think Guido is great!

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    • 18
      Good news says:

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      • 41
        Aaron D Highside says:

        Maths lesson: Labour left every man, woman and child in Britain £15,000 in debt. For the benefit of Labour voters, that’s £60,000 for a family of four.

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        • 51
          It's the right thing to do says:

          Those figures need repeating over and over again in the MSM.

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          • Really? says:

            They misdescribe the problem. The debt burden is not like apple puree spread evenly across a slice of bread.

            Some will escape the burden of paying anything like the headline figure; others will end up paying over and over again. This is what our regressive tax systems mandates.

            By allowing it to be mislabelled as ‘progressive’, we have turned logic on its arse and elevated casuistry and wheedling sophistry to the principal modern virtues.

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        • 59
          AC1 says:

          But debt is wealth?

          /Gordo.

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    • 40
      lefties, retarding the nation for decades says:

      Dumb fucks.

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      More help for Ken says:

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      • 102
        Lying for Ken? says:

        People who may have caught Polly’s latest twaddle and ‘enthusiastic’ support for Ken might be startled by a number of highly Hari-esq claims she makes. It’s worth a read, albeit for a laugh.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/30/vote-labour-thursday-cameron-posh?commentpage=1#end-of-comments.

        Buried deep in the 1000 odd comments someone takes her to task for the numbers she used to somehow correlate ESA rejections and deaths. I, though, was taken aback by the housing statistics that she uses; ‘…London has built just 56 affordable homes in the past six months…’

        Bad Boris! Incompetent Boris! is the message.

        Actually, the most recently published, six month figures show 3520 Housing Association and Local Authority housing completions in London, plus a further 4620 private Enterprise completions – some of which, no doubt will also be ‘affordable housing’. There was also a total of 6290 housing starts in the same period.

        Knowing that she picks up on posts on CiF I did ask where she got her figures from. But, rather like waiting for Ken’s accounts, there came no answer. Perhaps because I suggested that she may have used Ken’s magic calculator, she’s not talking.

        I thought that there were ethics and standards that applied to journalists and newspapers and that she shouldn’t resort to simply making things up (like Owen Jones does). I am tempted to ask whether the Guardian is a fit and proper publication if it allows this sort of thing, without sanction.

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  2. 2
    Tom Watson says:

    Don`t i look good in the photo.

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  3. 3
    Mike Litorus says:

    If AwfulQual are just starting to notice now, they will shit themselves once they put away the 1998 exam papers and look at some more recent ones…

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    • 5
      Spartacus says:

      Exams are getting easier. Who would have guessed that?

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      • 27
        Lou Scannon says:

        Is that a multiple choice question ?

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      • 48
        tractor stat central says:

        Come June and we’ll all be celebrating the increase in exam passes again, and criticizing anybody who disses the ‘hard working students’.

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      • 60
        AC1 says:

        Even more worrying than that. Kids are being taught what to think, not how to think.

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        • 99
          Despondent Dan says:

          … and they all think they are bloody brilliant, even though half of them can’t write their names or add up for toffees. I was in a shop the other day and bought 11 items at 6p each. The bimbo behind the desk had to get her calculator out to work out how much that came to and how much change was due from a pound. Degrees these days are worth about 3rd year grammar school in the 1950s.

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          • Circumstrated says:

            Agree with you I was at QEGS in 1958 there has been something added in the tap water since the Beatles

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  4. 4
    Paddy Power says:

    The fat DUI blogger is always right. I’ve just paid out on Harry Redknapp getting the England job!

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  5. 6
    Steve Miliband says:

    Lucky for Owen Jones and his forthcoming O levels

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  6. 8
    Quisling says:

    Isn’t ‘Dial M for Murdoch’ published by Allen Lane who a subsidiary of Penguin who are a subsidiary of Pearson?

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  7. 9
    Quisling says:

    f’ing modbot

    Isn’t ‘Dial M for Murdoch’ published by Allen Lane who a subsidiary of Penguin who are a subsidiary of Pe@rson?

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    • 108
      Circumstrated says:

      Is this the Penguin that was nicked from the zoo downunder by UK lads on the piss?

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  8. 10
    lolathebeautiful says:

    Educayshun. Another failure of nationalisation.

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  9. 11
    purpleline says:

    Have they noticed the Euro has failed the Eurozone members yet. The FT will never admit it is a lefty rag in the same stable as the Guardian

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  10. 12
    Hugh Janus says:

    Tell us something new. Most of us realised many years ago that our exams are so much less demanding now, but the political class and teachers have remained in complete denial. Why has this fact taken so long to sink in?

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      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Probably because I’ve never seen anyone say: “if you know this set of things in 1980 you’d get a C and you’d get an A now”.

      Probably because journalists wouldnt be able to answer a single question in chemistry from any exam paper ever produced.

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      • 62
        AC1 says:

        or any science subject (maths, stats, and physics reporting being some of the worst culprits).

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        • 77
          take it from me says:

          BBC Arts grads really are as thick as fuck, but make up for it with a low, cunning malevolence against anything that has real worth or excellence.

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          • jgm2 says:

            They did a cracker one time on t’BBC. Some new Boeing (I think) had been launched with super fuel efficiency. The thick c*unts reported that it ‘only’ used something like 5 litres of fuel per passenger kilometre (can’t remember the exact but obviously wrong figure now). So I did the maths and figured out that it would need an airstrip about every ten miles or so to get across the Atlantic. Ie it would effectively be pogoing across the Atlantic.

            Thing is, we’re rep*eatedly told that the BBC recruits from the finest at Oxbridge and yet anybody with the most rudimentary maths would be doing a quick mental calculation any time they wrote out a simple figure like that and go…HOLD ON!!!... Wouldn’t they?

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        • 117
          Really? says:

          How do you think this AGW nonsense got anything but contempt from the media? There was, in the endless litigation over the Florida result in the Gore/Bush election for the Presidency of the USA, the archetypal narrative of a Prince unduly denied his birthright by an unworthy rival.

          The largely leftist MSM latched on to this and sought to bring Gore the compensation which they felt he deserved by latching onto his logically flawed environmental alarmism.

          I doubt whether any of them were bright enough to connect the fact that a bottle of cola left in the back window of a car only fizzes violently in the summertime with how it elegantly demonstrates that Gore’s logic runs that story the wrong way round.

          CO2 dissolves out of warmed water: it is the RESULT of the warming and therefore cannot be its CAUSE.

          If science teaching hadn’t been destroyed, this idea would have been instantly heaped in derision.

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          • Airey Belvoir says:

            Talking of BBC Oxbridge-educated stupidity, I heard Martha Kearney grilling the hapless ‘Mad Frankie’ Maude over his ‘jerrycan’ remarks, saying in shocked tones that ‘they hold 201 litres!!’
            She had obviously seen a pic of one with 20L stamped on it, the blind old bat.

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      • 101
        You got me there mate says:

        Or probably English too. Ask if they know how to parse a sentence and what an adjectival clause looks like.

        (What’s a sentence?)

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    • 21
      gramma loves me says:

      Possibly the rules that demand success [ a pass] for all. Labour instigated an education that did not involve failure- everybody was University / College material.

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      • 43
        In de Nile says:

        A pure coincidence that Britain has badly slipped down international league tables re education standards since then.

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        • 103
          You got me there mate says:

          Yes, it was all the crap re-education dogma wot dunnit.

          Our system used to br exceptional, putting square pegs in square holes and round pegs in round ones, before Williams and Crosland totally effed it up in the mid 1960s.

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  11. 13

    I buy the financial times because ..

    http://cityunslicker.blogspot.co.uk/

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    gramma ruins my lawnmower says:

    All exams are relative to the conditions that abound at the time like comparing Messi to Best and Pele [ Beach ball football to wet solid leather ball technique].
    Condolences to todays kids who learn subjects from dumbed down politically correct teachers where the curriculum resembles TV game shows.

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      Must get a pseudonym one day says:

      Agreed. Whether exams are easier or not is irrelevant – the real measure is in the literacy, numeracy and articulacy of the output from a dozen years of expensive State schooling (each kid costing around £100,000 of our money).

      It doesn’t take exams to tell you that the quality of output is deperately poor when compared to that of previous generations.

      Don’t blame the kids, they’re as bright and as thick as they always were – the system has let them, and us, down very badly. Fix it, Gove.

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      • 105
        You got me there mate says:

        Agreed. All most kids need are teachers who make the subjects interesting – plus a bit of discipline in the classroom.

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      Hugh Janus says:

      “….who learn subjects from dumbed down politically correct teachers where the curriculum resembles TV game shows.”

      And too many vested interests are preventing us from correcting our third-rate shambles of an education system. Any protest about rock-bottom standards results in the ritual cry: “Your criticism does our hard-working children an injustice” or words to that effect. However, all the time that a quarter of our children are leaving school whilst only semi-literate, we are in the deepest of sh1t and sinking fast. It seems that high standards are sneered at by those who should know better. What an utter disgrace.

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      • 55
        tractor stat central says:

        Trouble is, while the left has been tinkering with our education system, the rest of the world have moved on and upwards, and left us perilously exposed to global competition. That, together with millions dependent on an unsustainable benefits system and a huge sense of entitlement to go with it, and you have a pretty toxic mix. Lefties really are as thick as shit.

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          gramma r m l says:

          Some hope is at hand.
          In Holland, where the standard secondary grammar Baccalauréat included 4 modern languages, Latin, Greek, History Geography Maths and Sciences, many of the liberal teaching profession felt that a personal approach would ingratiate them more with the pupils.
          Consequently in place of De Heer Jansen- English /German teacher he now answers to just his christian name. Standards falling, probably not as fast as the UK requires though with a resurge of a Socialist government [or extension of the present coalition]within a decade they will be as dumb as us is.

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      • 88
        Jonathan says:

        “Semi literate”? Far worse than that. My wife has the misfortune to teach in a state comprehensive in Shropshire. Three quarters of the children are off the wall with behavioural problems, indiscipline is rife, class sizes are ridiculously high (and rising) and the eductional achievements of the “students” are repeatedly massaged to create the impression that these are continually on the rise. As for the OFSTED reports – the school is bloody marvellous. Oh no it isn’t. And what is uppermost in the minds of the “Senior Management Team”? The wording for the school’s “Mission Statement”. Obviously an illiterate underclass suits the political elite, as it will swallow any rubbish it is fed.

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    A milf from Milford Haven says:

    Judging by the number of thick people you meet these days, either the exams are easier or they never bothered taking them.

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      sockpuppet #4 says:

      EEEh, when I were a lad, all the pubs were buzzin with the sound of people discussing wave-particle duality. Tell that to kids these days and they ask “whats a pub”

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      • 33
        Ms. Clittie O'Risss says:

        Is it a Bup or a Pub,
        Yoy or a Boy?

        Who gives a monkeys’ chuff, 3 A+ passes and your’e a prodigy.

        Brasil is the capital of Rio De Janeiro.

        Copa Cobana Senor
        Aurevoir

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        • 86
          A 'A' Level GCSE Beauty Gradrit says:

          Nah it ain’t – brazil is where they pull all the fanny hair art – makes everyfing slip easier donit!

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      • 35
        Bollies7734 says:

        Brilliant i love the comment. Thank you that cheered me up.

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      • 52
        Quisling says:

        Were you at a singularity bar for lonely people?

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  15. 20
    Gonk says:

    In Australia prolonged flooding is described as the ‘Big Wet”
    The last 30 years in Britain will be called the ‘The Big Lie’

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  16. 28
    Tom Thicklet says:

    I gott ten o levells n that

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  17. 29
    No PMQs says:

    I can’t believe those lazy fucks have got a week off.

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    C U Jimmy says:

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    jgm2 says:

    And if they’ve slipped in the past ten years you can double that for the last twenty years. And probably treble that for the last 30 years.

    I went to the finest grammar school (by results) in Birmingham, and at the time the entire UK, almost 30 years ago and it was a big fucking deal if anybody got straight ‘A’s at ‘O’ Level even from there. We might get one or two in a year. The year I did my ‘O’ Levels nobody, not one person from the top grammar school in Birmingham (ie not fucking Handsworth or Aston) got straight ‘A’s at ‘O’ Level.

    Now half the kids who sit maths GCSE are getting an ‘A’ or ‘A*’.

    Must be because the teaching is so much better and the kids are so much smarter eh?

    I see the grammar and spelling errors that come back in letters from the kids teachers

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    • 36
      Dumbo says:

      I got a 2.2 degree from a top 20 uk university over 30 years ago.

      The standard entry requirement was three grade Cs at A level plus maths and english at O level.

      Looking at some job adverts now i would not be considered for jobs I have actually done in the past.

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    • 53
      gramma fails me says:

      A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
      Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
      There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
      And drinking largely sobers us again.
      Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
      In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ;
      While from the bounded level of our mind
      Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
      But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise
      New distant scenes of endless science rise !
      So pleased at first the towering Alps we try,
      Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ;
      The eternal snows appear already past,
      And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ;
      But those attained, we tremble to survey
      The growing labours of the lengthened way ;
      The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
      Hill peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise !

      Perhaps no Pope [Alexander] at my old grammar, [just the present Archvillain of Canterbury] makes one wonder whether too much learning is a dangerous thing as well. Does entry into an Oxbridge education insulate one from relating to the average man?. Even B*ll Shakespe@re questioned “Can one desire too much of a good thing?
      It would seem that an education now sets you apart from the masses with all the usual “posh, toff “etc epithets attached to your persona.

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      gramma fails me says:

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      May 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
      Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
      There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
      And drinking largely sobers us again.
      Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
      In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ;
      While from the bounded level of our mind
      Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
      But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise
      New distant scenes of endless science rise !
      So pleased at first the towering Alps we try,
      Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ;
      The eternal snows appe@r already past,
      And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ;
      But those attained, we tremble to survey
      The growing labours of the lengthened way ;
      The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
      Hill peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise !

      Perhaps no Pope [Alexander] at my old grammar, [just the present Archvillain of Canterbury] makes one wonder whether too much learning is a dangerous thing as well. Does entry into an Oxbridge education insulate one from relating to the average man?. Even B*ll Shakespe@re questioned “Can one desire too much of a good thing?
      It would seem that an education now sets you apart from the masses with all the usual “posh, toff “etc epithets attached to your persona.

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    • 69
      AC1 says:

      I’ve got an S level. Fun exam written by someone free of LEA mischief who enjoyed the subject.

      One of the answers was “C O R R E C T”.

      Was a laugh to do that exam…

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    • 89
      JH says:

      I’ll second that. At the best school in my city I was only the second pupil ever to get an A grade in a particular ‘A’ level subject.

      They probably get a few a year now.

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    • 109
      You almost got me there mate says:

      jgm – it’s “kids’ teachers”.

      Ejercashun x3

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    Rinka Scott says:

    There are just too many people making a fast buck out of education and publishing is up there at the top.

    Just read Pearsons accounts.

    If you provided every school kid with an ipad and arrange interactive lessons with one examining board you could save a fortune.

    It would also spell the end of the supply teacher which in turn would upset Capita PLC.

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    • 76
      Michael Gove says:

      + 100

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      • 110
        You almost got me there mate says:

        That’s a thought. Many years ago I undertook a 10 part correspondence course of study for a nationwide exam I needed to pass. No teachers involved, just sheets of paper arriving by post every two weeks with lessons, examples, questions and all submitted work marked and commented on in detail by competent people located a few thousand miles away whom I never met.

        I came 24th out of nearly 9000 entrants – and thereby was able to get the job I was hankering after and have never looked back.

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    bergen says:

    There is an interesting piece in this week’s Private Eye about the exploits of a Labour Midlands Council candidate called Watson. I hope she’s not yet another member of Tom’s clan .

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  22. 44
    Pearson PLC, PR Spokesperson. says:

    Look, the FT is our paper and we decide what goes in, OK.

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  23. 50
    Mustaffa Councilhouse says:

    You know why exams have been dummed down?
    So Leroy can get a grade ‘D’ GCSE in spinning records.

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  24. 64
    Mustaffa Councilhouse says:

    You know why grammar schools will never come back?
    Because not enough Leroy’s would pass the 11+

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    • 111
      You almost got me there mate says:

      GOOD!! That would mean that the bright kids would get more personal attention from teachers/tutors and would be more likely to fulfil their promise. Always a silver lining if you look for it!

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  25. 74
    Returning Officer. says:

    Please form an orderly queue. Only a few hours left ( sic ) to diss Ken.

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  26. 78
    Floods in the Middle of Drought : the Tosser in No 10 speaks out! says:

    I say chaps!!!! My jolly chum Peason is a grate frend!!! And I want to assure you that there are plenty more jolly money-making scams in the pipeline!! Geddit!!! HahHa hah ahhhaaa!!!!

    Isn’t Privatisation simply super !!! Watt!! Watter!!!??

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  27. 79
    Ah! Monika says:

    I failed A levle Chemistry and Physics 50 years ago. If only I’d waited I could have gone to Balliol.

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    • 81
      Ah! says:

      - but do you have the right connections? – knowotoimean?

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      • 93
        Ah! Monika says:

        Yes but they’re not up to speed. knowotoimean?

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        • 97
          Anonymous says:

          Lack of three A’levels didn’t stop Polly Toynbee getting into Oxford.
          How wonderful to have good connections.

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    • 98
      Trahison des Clercs says:

      So did I. but my 8 O level passes got me a place at Caen Uni studying Norman-French Law & then into Lincolns Inn. You’d need a shed full of A+** to do even that today, poor little blighters.

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  28. 87
    Oh FFS! says:

    The kid that does Guido’s modding has fucked off again!

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  29. 90
    Anonymous says:

    As with so much else, the rot set in with the Thatcher nightmare.

    Combining CSEs and O levels; the introduction of a ‘national curriculum'; league tables; calling polytechnics ‘universities'; thick as pig-shit politicians interfering in things way above their comprehension level. As with much else in Britain, things have got worse ever since.

    Fortunately we have regime change soon and the guilty liblabcons can be guillotined.

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    • 94
      A Chancer with fancy made-up rubbish titles at a Pretentious Poly says:

      Absolute RUBBISH! we worked hard for where got to, – long negotiations with many meetings as to what we would call the place – and then worrying about the signage – and the stationary, – and getting all the right PC posts in place – and all the diversity officers and calling the secretaries ‘Administrative Assistants’ and adjusting pay grades and countless questionnaires and overseas trips and jaunts round the country – I can’t go on – oh – and getting courses easy enough for our students and then retention, – RETENTION!!! – it’s a nightmare!!! and they keep complaining about the teaching of a few errant teachers who won’t spoonfeed them – but we’re going to discipline them, and get rid of trouble making teachers – I mean lecturers – ! I could go on for hours!!

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    • 115
      Geedo's modder says:

      Anonnytwat – If you were a bit older you would know that the system was buggered up by the Labour government of the mid 1960s which included such illustrious traitorous barstewards as Shirley Williams and Tony Crosland who were directly responsible for starting the subsequent carnage.

      Suggest you do a bit historical research. That said, I do agree that the Thatched one did sfa to reverse the changes before too much damage was done. So she is also culpable for introducing uni fees.

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      • 120
        Really? says:

        That would be the privately-educated (partly in the USA, during the local unpleasantness which affected Europe in the middle of the twentieth century) Baroness Williams of SDP and Split.

        I don’t know about ‘uni fees’, but the formerly generous system of Student Grants was abolished in the late 1980s, continuing the process which Labour had begun of demolishing the avenues of embourgeoisement that the post-WW2 political settlement had introduced.

        From there, a hop, skip and a jump to learning-free courses and diplomas – and to a torrent of skilled engineers and computer scientists from all points north, south and east.

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    jgm2 says:

    Still and all, despite the obvious dumbing down of educational standards, the most successful nation on the planet is the US and nobody would, at first glance, put their success down to their education system. Or at least insofar as the average product of their system.

    What Amer*i*cans do have though is immense self-belief. Most Ame*ri*cans from the smartest to the most stupid yank you’ll meet really does believe that if he works hard then he can make a success of his life. Contrasted with the fatalist ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’ self-excusing (Labour-voting) failures that typify much of the UK.

    If, by handing out exam grades to any piece of plankton (just like the yanks) who is prepared to put in even the minimal effort, we can inculcate the yank’s self-belief into the UK’s youth then, perversely, overall it might be a change for the good.

    My daughter, God love her, is, at best, average. But the amount of hours she puts in revising and doing homework compared to the casual minimalist approach that was enough for me means that her results are pretty good. So she ‘gets’ the idea that hard work and application will reap rewards. My son, like me, is a lazy fucker but a few weeks extra revision at 13+ and he got a scholarship to St Cakes. Compared to when he tried at 11+ with no preparation and got fuck all. So now, hopefully, he too ‘gets’ it.

    If the nations kids believe that their hard work (despite the fact that a lot of ‘em are intrinsically thick) is the reason for their improving results then maybe they’ll do alright after all.

    Perversely the positive outcome from ‘education, education and education’ might not be (okay – will certainly not be) a more educated population but it might be a population with more self-belief and a harder-working outlook than our generation. Which will have the bedwetters really soiling the mattress. Can you imagine if folk in traditional Labour voting areas actually believed that they were the person best placed to improve their lot in life rather than voting for Labour to steal money off some other fucker?

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    • 92
      Princess Pollytwaddle, talking down at people from her Ivory Tower says:

      Oh come now!!

      That makes a mockery of all I stand – or rather sit – at my laptop – for!!

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    • 95
      a non says:

      Good to know jgm2, that success can be acheived despite the jeans.

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    • 116
      Geedo's modder says:

      jgm – that is the whole point of the exercise.Tthe Labour Party and other assorted lefties do not want the populace to be able to think for themselves. Might ruin the plan if folk start questioning things for themselves…

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  31. 104
    Ah! Monika says:

    DON’T LET FABRICE MUAMBA READ THIS.

    Tony Blair has signed up a new communications director as he prepares to “re-engage” in the UK .

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  32. 118
    I love the FT says:

    I used to run a training company that used Perason’s exams.

    Edexcel were totally, utterly, shambolic. They had this huge security system that was supposed to ensure that cheating by exam centres would be impossible but was a bureaucratic nonsense. They were expensive and above all totally useless. Repeatedly students’ exam scripts went missing. Sometimes half a batch would be marked and half not marked. Edexcel seemed to have difficulty understanding that as both halves were posted in the same envelope the missing scripts must be somewhere in the exam marking centre.

    At one point one of our key contacts became unreachable. His phone was ringing with a foreign ring tone and was never answered. After repeated phone calls to the ‘Help Desk’ we found that he had gone abroad for 6 months. Edexcel argued that that technically he was still contactable as he had his telephone with him, but he just didn’t answer it because he was abroad.

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  33. 121
    Solving a Debt Crisis With More Debt says:

    FT as Pearson subsidiary is also biased pro US democrats because democrats will spend more and let states spend more on books.

    And the FT leader writers and commentators believe in deficits as they all fish for a job in the next labour government. Ed Balls used to be with the FT.

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Eddie Izzard, in his thirteenth year involved in politics, says he’s not cursed because it took Sir Alex Ferguson “seven years to win the premiership so it doesn’t really matter.”



cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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