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.
Center for Industrial Progress (CIP) is a for-profit think-tank seeking to bring about a new industrial revolution. We believe that human beings have the untapped potential to radically improve our lives by using technology to improve the planet across a multitude of industries: mining, manufacturing, agriculture, chemistry, and energy. Every individual has the potential for a longer, happier, healthier, safer, more comfortable, more meaningful, more opportunity-filled life. The keys to a new industrial revolution are a new industrial philosophy, a new industrial policy, and a new approach to communication.
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?