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Readers’ comments: Our soft, lazy education system


In response to Chris McGovern: This, Suella, is why free schools are stalling, 

Colonel Mustard wrote:

‘Why do youngsters from the bottom 10 per cent socially in Shanghai – the children of street cleaners, janitors and factory floor workers – outperform our top 20 per cent, including those attending the best independent schools?’

Because parental and classroom discipline is more culturally entrenched and has not been abandoned as it has in the UK, where so many pupils are the spoilt, self-entitled and arrogant offspring of beatniks, hippies and the terminally wet. Because older people are generally more respected and there are not constant ageist tropes in the public narrative and the sort of moon-eyed, child-centric worship that characterised the political class elevation of Greta, who personifies that spoilt, self-entitled arrogance.

The British education system is soft and lazy, more geared towards indulgence and the sociological mollycoddling of the Left, as well as riddled with political misdirection. Academic rigour has been lost in favour of socialist indoctrination, emotionally incontinent feelings and rights over responsibilities. It has been FUBAR [ed: polite translation ‘messed up’], not just by the Left but by wet, ineffective, accommodating and appeasing conservative governments too.

Reuben Wade wrote:

It is the ‘equality’ nonsense that has ruined British schools. People are not intellectual equals, and no amount of education will make a naturally stupid person into an intelligent one. However, by under-educating the intelligent, and by loading the curriculum and the assessment system with what can be achieved by stupid and clever alike, the left-progressives can clap themselves on the back for ‘reducing inequality’.

It is like chopping tall men off at the knees to prove that short men do not exist.

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