Saturday, May 16, 2015

A finger-wagging Andy Burnham

"We've got to get back to a truly comprehensive school system" a finger-wagging Andy Burnham tells us.

The Prime Minister is an Old Etonian.  A prospective challenger for the Labour leadership (Tristram Hunt) is an Old Etonian (and may well whup Burnham's ass as the Americans say).  The Mayor of London is an Old Etonian.  The Archbishop of Canterbury is an Old Etonian.  The second in line for Head of State is an Old Etonian.  Even the BBC Deputy Political Editor James Landale is an Old Etonian.

Not to mention Eddie Redmayne, Damian Lewis, Dominic West and many many other luvvies who appear on Andrew Marr's sofa with depressing regularity wanting us to know how left-wing they are.

Faced with the domination of all the commanding heights of social and economic life by the private school sector Andy Burnham's solution is MORE comprehensive education for the masses.

He is saying we should entrust the education of children to the same people who failed so dismally in the past (failed because they have secure unionised employment and therefore do not need to bother with actually working hard or doing anything difficult).

I went to an awful comprehensive school (Icknield High School in Luton).

It ruined my life.

It ruined my brother's life.

I left that school with barely any qualifications because the fucking teachers did not teach the curriculum but loafed around talking about irrelevant subjects; gave us books to read while they did their marking; or mechanically went through lacklustre subjects (ie History that focused on bloody canals in the most mind-numbing tedious detail) that they had been teaching for thirty years.

I had to gain all my qualifications later on in life (in the evenings after work) and eventually got into the University of London.

Andy Burnham you do not have a fucking clue what you are talking about.

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