A tale of two education systems. England & Australia + climate items

Windwatch.  Yesterday in wind provided 5.5% of the demand at the evening peak, this morning and this evening 6.5%.

People who are unhappy with the transformation of the helpful British policemen on the beat into the gestapo of political correctness and the state of the national health service will be agreeably surprised to read Toby Young’s current column in The Speccie. The issue is education and the OECD student assessments that caused wailing and gnashing of  teeth in Australia when we discovered that we are on the slide in the international rankings.

The contrast between England and Australia is stark. For the  UK as a whole  the pupils have improved 8 places to 14th in reading since 2015.  In maths, the same story, up  9 places to 18th. In science, up 1 place to 14th.

There is more to be learned from the results because education in GB is devolved to four authorities – England, Scotland etc and there are significant differences in education policy among them. England stands out as the  success story while Wales and Scotland are going backwards. That is especially interesting because ten years ago Scotland was the standout.

Scotland introduced “Curriculum for Excellence” in 2010 and they went backwards ever since to reach second last in maths and science. The Welsh surprisingly hired the mastermind of the Curriculum for Excellence to redesign their system and the result is now history. Note the Orwellian language – curriculum for excellence – like the Ministry of Truth!

Of course it all depends on the outcomes that you want. Young notes that in Scotland the gap between the most able and the least able in reading has narrowed. This is  due to a reduction in the performance of the most able but it seems that the least able are not doing any better. That is the road to equality or something!

Check out the English free schools flagged by 2dogs in the comments!

CLIMATE UPDATE. Check out the Center for Industrial Progress created by Alex Epstein.

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Climate lunacy on stilts at The Economist. What a rag  nowadays!

From the Five Dock Climate Realists.  A  7 min educational video on the spectre of  Global Cooling. With a reminder of Maurice Strong’s game plan.

What if a small group of world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the Earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? And if the world is to survive, those rich countries would have to sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment. Will they do it? The group’s conclusion is ‘no’. The rich countries won’t do it. They won’t change. So, in order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?

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6 Responses to A tale of two education systems. England & Australia + climate items

  1. Penny says:

    I have relatives with young children in England and am told that there’s much more discipline now in schools now, which is a start to improving standards

  2. bemused says:

    Young notes that in Scotland the gap between the most able and the least able in reading has narrowed. This is due to a reduction in the performance of the most able but it seems that the least able are not doing any better. That is the road to equality or something!

    This is precisely what Kirner tried to do in Victoristan.

  3. 2dogs says:

    The results in England are mainly due to these schools. Wales and Scotland don’t really have them under their devolved governments.

  4. Roger says:

    The Welsh surprisingly hired the mastermind of the Curriculum for Excellence to redesign their system and the result is now history.

    What are the odds his next gig will be in Victoria?

  5. Fisky says:

    Gonski 2.0 is based on the same principles as Scotland’s dumb “Curriculum of Excellence”. Content-free gibberish built around skills progressions that don’t mean anything.

  6. Old Lefty says:

    The tragedy here is that Scottish state schools used to be very good and made for a degree of social mobility much greater than south of the border in England. I knew a professor (in a real subject!) at the University of St Andrews who was the state-educated son of a crofter, and he said that there were many like him in the universities, the professions and business.

    For that matter, state schools in NSW until the 60s set a standard, and allowed a degree of social mobility, we haven’t seen since. And I don’t just mean Fort St and North Sydney. The local high schools in places like Kempsey and Junee could produce people who made it to the top.

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