In response to Chris McGovern: Bottom of the world exam league. Yet still the Blob boasts of success, SiberianRhod wrote:
I live in Russia, not Moscow but Ufa a provincial city in the south near the Ural mountains. My company employs a number of translators all local graduates (23 in number currently, doing Russian to English translations). Their spelling and grammar in English is of a much higher standard than I have experienced amongst UK graduates looking for a job with my company in the UK which only requires a decent level of English.
The UK establishment, as usual, is in denial – in the UK, education standards are terrible, schools and even so-called universities are churning out graduates who are barely literate or numerate. The ‘Blob’ is to blame, for the last 40 years since Crossman, the political parties and the teaching unions have all but destroyed education in the UK – preferring to churn out people with the ‘right on, multicultural, diverse and politically correct views’ as opposed to educating children in life skills. These skills like being able to count, being able to actually read something other than a text message.
I also marvel at the children of my extended Russian family who have learnt in school a good level of English enabling them to read classic English language novels and hold intelligent conversations in their non-native language.