Heads in the Sand

To no-one’s great surprise, Scotland has withdrawn from international education surveys which are exposing the disastrous failings of its schools. The Pirls (comparing national literacy) and Timss (comparing national numeracy) have shown the Scots tumbling down the international league over the past 40 years. The dire results prompted unwelcome calls for improvement in the training and educational standards of both primary and secondary teachers in Scotland. Under the guise of “saving money” the educational establishment has demanded that the catastrophic mess they have made of school education be kept hidden. Scottish youngsters will thus be sent out into an increasingly competitive world unaware that they have fallen further and further behind their contemporaries in the Far East.

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