Saturday, 2 January 2010

You don't need to attend Islington dinner parties to know state schools are shit...

...just take a bus around home time.

Schools czar professor David Woods has launched an attack on middle class people who complain about state education. The subtext is: shut up and take what you get, and don't dare try to buy your way out.

Fabians like Woods hate the middle class, even though he's obviously one of them. Parents must get the message that their opinion doesn't count. Children belong to the state, and its appointed experts have the sole authority to mold their brains any way they consider fit for the purpose assigned.

The article continues with more imbecility:

"Michael Pyke, of the Campaign for State Education (whatever that is) said: "Popular prejudice against comprehensives is a result of the hierarchical nature of our education system. We live in a society where sending your children to a private school confers status on parents."

Bollocks. A lot of parents scrimp and save to pay private fees only because the state schools on offer are terrible. If state schools were better they wouldn't need to do it. However, with the growing interference of the current fabian nazi regime, private schools can barely escape.

7 comments:

Fausty said...

Agreed. In the early '90s, when parents weren't allowed to know a school's curriculum (bizarre!), we put our kids into state schools.

After one term, we discovered that our youngest, aged 5, was 'taught' reading by osmosis. Kids were surrounded by books and expected to learn to read, by themselves!

My older son, aged 9, was being taught the 4 times table but was asked not to tell anyone because it could get him fired! My son had already learned all times tables by the age of 6, in another school.

Needless to say, we whipped them out of those schools and scrimped to put them in private schools.

Over time, the fees have cost us around £250,000 and if we hadn't paid such sums, might have a grand house by now.

We were penurous due to the outlay, but our sons are now independent thinkers.

A price well worth paying!

Trooper Thompson said...

Yep. For me, state schooling was summed up early in my life, when I was sent home with a note from my teacher to my mother instructing her not to let me read more than four pages of the book I'd been given, because I was reading "too much" and "too fast".

Kids who are below average, and this may simply be because they are born later in the year, and thus younger, may possibly learn something. Kids who are above average will be dumbed down on purpose.

The one thing the state school teachers seem to hate above everything else is a parent that teaches their child anything which might disturb the perfect system they presumably believe they have set up. Woe betide a parent who teaches their child to read 'the wrong way' or teaches their child a word that the child isn't supposed to learn until next year.

Even a well-meaning teacher will find themselves powerless against the psychopathic system.

alison said...

Yes the state system is revolting and a far cry from the system that educated my parents to an excellent level even though they didn't attend university.

It nearly bankrupted my father sending us to private schools to avoid South London state education. He stayed in a God awful job that he hated for 20 years in order to maintain this privilege for us.

The nuns at mine told me I had a guardian angel to protect me. I decided to test this theory in front of a truck one day. My sister was told she would never amount to much and refused various subjects she wanted to try. Nothing my parents did would pursuade the teachers otherwise and they consistently 'proved' how stupid she was which had a devastating affect on her confidence as a child. She hated her school life and was constantly demeaned. But she went on to achieve great success in her work life. Just not the one she would have liked to, and should have, pursued. I heard the same from friends who went to the other private schools.

Personally I think anywhere you have people in charge of young minds you will get enormous assholery.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Trooper. Happy New Year..

Trooper Thompson said...

You too Alison, all the best.

"Personally I think anywhere you have people in charge of young minds you will get enormous assholery"

There will always be this potential, certainly, and paying for a private school doesn't guarantee a good experience. My sister (at a state school) had a similar experience to yours, with teachers taking a dislike to her and not letting her take O Levels in certain subjects.

Local accountability (which means the buck stops at the local level), school independence, competition and meaningful parental choice (not the lottery systems operating at the moment) would improve things no end.

Until such a time, I would advise parents to get their kids out of the school system if at all possible, and if not make sure to de-programme the kids from all the bullshit that they're being brainwashed with.

James Higham said...

Schools czar professor David Woods has launched an attack on middle class people who complain about state education. The subtext is: shut up and take what you get, and don't dare try to buy your way out.

He's on the way out and will have a cushy job somewhere in late 2010.

alison said...

I doubt many could afford to ever home school.

I quite like what the Swedes have implemented and was heartened to see the Tories decide to adopt the same approach.

Trooper Thompson said...

The Swedish plan would be a great leap in the right direction.