Thursday, August 19, 2010

Britain getting cleverer.

It's official. Britain is cleverer than last year. And last year we were cleverer than the year before. And the year before that.... well, you get the picture.

So, if our kids are achieving record results every year why is it that with each new crop of bright young things that start their working career at my place of employment seem dumber than the last?

Usually they are at university and work part time to keep them in beer and fags. I have the misfortune to encounter them when I start on the night shift as they, being part time, are on the backshift.

I can honestly say, hand on heart, that as each year passes the youngsters that flood onto the job market get dumber and dumber as well as lazier and lazier.

And the result of a Labour education is all too evident as the 'everyone is a winner' ethos that permeated the education system is written all over their shiny wee faces when they are told, probably for the first time, that their work is not good enough or that they are not fast enough or whatever.

They have never been challenged for performance in their lives. And when they reach the real world it's a total shock when the cold, hard truth is laid out before them.

Tesco mentioned this last year.

But, I suppose Labour wanted dumb kids because they grow into dumb adults. Dumb adults = Labour core voters.


Oldrightie said...

Dumb adults = Labour core voters. As do mass immigration bodies.

The Grim Reaper said...

When I read about this, I feel pretty terrible for the kids who are being forced to go through the nonsense we call the education system today. Despite what my name suggests, I'm a young man myself and I've been through GCSEs and A-Levels. I can honestly say I don't feel they prepared me very well for the world of work. In interviews, it normally merits about 30 seconds worth of conversation at most. Employers usually seem far more interested in the experiences people have of work and the world in general. And at this point, many young people are left with nothing to say. Quite a fatal flaw in any job interview and in the education system more widely.

Economically, this also causes massive problems. In the years to come, we're going to need to compete with the likes of India and China. These countries are going to become the real power-houses of the world soon and if things don't change, and fast, the UK is going to be left standing at the starting line whilst the other countries are sprinting off into the distance.

The scale of the problem is terrifying, to be blunt about it. It affects all of us politically, economically and the human cost is huge. What makes it even more so is the number of people in complete denial about it. People who, frankly, should know a lot better.

Toni said...

I can only go by what my younger brother told me. He came across a number of my folders from when I was doing o levels - I think mine was the last year to do those. Anyway he remarked that he coursework I did at O level was far in advance of what he was doing at A level. He didn't say this to stoke my ego, (he really isn't that kind of person), but he is also disappointed at the standard of people leaving our schools. Now he has to employ people himself. Apparently the finest universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews no longer place much regard on A-level results and focus more on the background of the student. So the labour government has achieved nothing apart from making the best educations even more elitist.

Chalcedon said...

They are not brighter or more stupid thjan any year. They are just educated for the exam and woefully ignorant. I was always taught to "read around the subject". These poor kids are taught very narrowly to pass an exam, not taught the subject.