The latest government initiative Every Lesson Counts demonstrates rather well the ridiculous contortions that you have to go through to support a basically corrupt idea. The aim of the initiative is to educate parents as to the importance of every single lesson for their kids and to encourage them not to take their children out of school during term-time, say for a holiday or even for routine appointments.
Honestly, does anybody really believe this stuff? In whose head precisely does every lesson count? Surely the ptb know that kids may well be in class. The kids may even look as if they are listening. But it sure doesn't mean that the lesson counts for anything at all anywhere important, ie: in the minds of the kids. Really, if every lesson counted quite as much as the government says it does, how is it that they are happy to let teachers progress to the next one when the last one was so patently not understood by a certain proportion of the class? And how are they so sure that going on holiday to Tuscany, or even just talking to parents, or going to the shops, won't be a far better learning experience than sitting in a classroom?
Sorry, this initiative is epistemological rubbish.
And just in case anyone is falling for the idea that this initiative is all nicey, nicey re-education stuff, think again. This story from the BBC suggests that parents who take their kids out of school, even for apparently very educational purposes, will end up being prosecuted for their efforts.