Our disastrous schools

Last week, we learned that more than a third of children are leaving primary school are illiterate and innumerate underlining the disaster zone state education has become.

New Labour tried to silence debate on the subject, claiming that any discussion of falling standards amounted to an “attack on the hard work of pupils and teachers”.

Essentially, our state schools are dominated by an anti-work, anti-achievement culture, which crushes pupils’ aspirations and opportunities.

Firms such as Sainsbury’s have told Parliament the reason why they prefer to hire immigrants is that they are better educated and have a far more satisfactory work ethic.

Yet the educational establishment will resist to the death the idea that individual schools should “challenge” the dire prevailing culture of apathy and failure.

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