We have repeatedly been told that educational standards have been rising in this country. Anyone daring to contradict this has been accused of deriding the hard work of pupils “achieving” 5 GCSEs and the ever increasing number of A levels. The usual array of statistics was in place to “prove” the “improvement” in standards. Those familiar with police recorded statistics and the odd BCS material that show consistent lowering of certain aspects of crime, year on year, will note the similarities.
Management has been held to be one of the UK’s failings ever since I can remember. Various reports came up with the obvious and stupid conclusion that we needed business schools. We have over 50 now, teaching utter crap in the main. These were boot polishing schools for piss poor bureaucrats long before we copied the Americans.
The Mail publishes some tired crap from employers that I’ve seen all my career too. Schools and universities don’t produce the candidates they need.
This is usually not put down to thew young people themselves, but the educators. I don’t agree. The fault lies in the kids in part, in the governments that have all lied to us and the collapse of standards amongst educators and the creeps who manage in education.
The problem starts in thinking we can teach anything complicated to most people. Most people can’t even learn basic science, and maths at GCSE is trivial. School leavers are usually utterly unsuited to university education and unable to learn independently – they have been schooled into this incompetence.
We need to change our attitudes towards education. It isn’t good for everyone and is a lot to do with child minding at Primary levels – so much so some kids cannot make the transfer even to Secondary and yet remain in ‘school’ until 18 in FE colleges and do a further three useless years at university before becoming secretaries who can’t spell.
The essential problem is management getting into everything and pretending a good job is being done as standards drop to the floor. I can’t think of a single industry we have ‘saved’, ‘created’ and all the rest through management. There’s more evidence we “managed” the conditions that created the riots than that we are properly managing the country, education or crime.
We might define management as something that is ‘against democracy’ – OK in the individual firm but bad when we reach the point where we can’t democratically direct policy because the rich will run away with ‘their’ money.