The Blessed Butler Education Act

The Butler Education Act of 1944 was the last attempt to place our children’s education above party politics and led to an astonishing burst of post-war social mobility. This ethos has now been polluted by crass social engineering with grammar schools razed, Highers and A Levels dumbed down, and the independent sector attacked. The controversial decision to allow polytechnics to re-brand themselves as universities was part of a cultural shift away from vocational training in favour of academic courses. Instead of excellent trade certificates, the middle stream of working class children are being channeled into these second rate universities to read pseudo-academic subjects. Sadly, employers will only hire the brightest people and these are much more likely to be reading Maths at Cambridge than dance and film studies at an ex-poly.

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