You know, if any self-important jumped up little twerp (you know, like a Prime Minister or anything) ever manages to force me to put my children into school, i am going to be in there every sodding day asking them how they are providing an education suitable to â€œage, aptitude and abilityâ€ in a way that iâ€™m not. This is absolutely and utterly ridiculous. GCSEâ€™s are NOT hard, using the English language (if itâ€™s your first language and you speak it daily) is not flipping hard and actually the basic maths that is enough to get you a C grade is not hard either.
It ought not to be difficult to get 16 year olds through 5 GCSEs with a basic pass and if it is, then no-one is ever going to convince me that schools do very much beyond hindering the children that need their help the most.
It comes to something when ministers want a 1/4 of children to manage 5 basic passes that include maths and english. 1 QUARTER? How about ALL. THAT would be raising the benchmark. Just how low has our expectations of what makes a person fit for purpose fallen?
i was totting up today; iâ€™ve had 6 students (plus one adult student) since Amelie was born to help me; out of those, the 2 who NNEB students rather than BTEC ones were quite honestly NOT fit to be about to go out into the wide world. Theyâ€™d done a years childcare course and they didnâ€™t know anything meaningful or useful about childcare at all. One of them told me, quite seriously, that the book showed them how to bath a baby and that was all the practise theyâ€™d had and then proceeded to run a cold bath for 6 week old Amelie because she was frightened of â€˜burningâ€™ her if she made it warm.