Tim Worstall at the Adam Smith Blog notes the unqualified failure of state education in the UK, calling it:
"grounds for a bloody revolution that a full eleven years of compulsory state education fail to equip such numbers for the most basic tasks of life."
We have also heard from a reliable source that a certain very senior minister in the education department fully agrees with Tim Worstall's assessment of the situation. He was heard to say that the education system is in complete meltdown and in need of a radical shake-up.
Tim suggests the voucher system as a possible solution, saying that this
"might work rather better than what Alan Johnson is suggesting, which is that private schools in the UK should lose their charitable status if they do not share their facilities more widely with the State system. The argument being that such charitable status is a subsidy.Which leads to an observation that here in the UK the government is doing something very odd. Arguing that we should remove subsidy from that part of the education system which works and increase it to that part which does not."
Home educators can't help shaking their heads in wonder at all this confusion. When will the proper implications of the Information Age finally sink in, we wonder? But good to know that the ptb can't in all honesty go about encouraging LAs to slap School Attendance Orders on us.