Graeme Paton, Education Editor of the Daily Telegraph has this to say:
Despite billions spent attempting to boost social mobility under Labour, academics found the gap between rich and poor pupils widened throughout early education.
You don’t say. Neither do you define what academics consider to be rich or poor. Does rich include the middle classes or are they only important for the purposes of being taxed into extinction and otherwise ignored as a demographic majority?
Academics said the number of books in the home, parental qualifications, regular mealtimes and bedtimes, the state of housing and the quality of early childcare all had an impact on children’s education.
So rich = professional and professional = middle class even if a large chunk of them are treading water very hard just to stay afloat. Therefore it’s low income blue collar workers and the unemployed we are obligated to be worried about. Are they all so tragically incapable of owning a library card, setting domestic routines and playing with their kids while living in rented accomodation? Is that what you’re saying?
But Dr Alice Sullivan, senior lecturer at the University of London’s Institute of Education, who led the research, said Government policies designed to improve parenting skills were not enough to address chronic under-performance among deprived pupils.
I’d like to hear what Dr Alice has to say on the chronic under-performance of state schools depriving kids of a decent education.
She suggested that welfare reforms – including access to housing and jobs – would have a bigger impact on school standards.
“Our research shows that while parenting is important, a policy focus on parenting alone is insufficient to tackle the impacts of social inequalities on children,” she said.
So crap state education passed beneath her radar then. So what does Dr Alice suggest we do about these problem parents?
“Redistributive economic policies may be more effective than policies directly addressing parenting practices.”
Like that worked last time? And the time before that? Lefty morons like Dr Alice are happy to throw good money after bad because it’s what they do best. When socialist wet dream projects fail spectacularly lefties always fall back on their tried and busted trusted spend, spend and spend again policies in the hope that no one will notice their expensive clusterfucks. They then attempt to silence their critics by telling them how much is being squandered spent to make thing worse better. After all, socialist cunts like Dr Alice ain’t the ones footing the bill, it’s poor buggers like us. And since when did handing out other people’s cash improve anyone’s IQ?
As part of the latest study, academics tracked the performance of more than 11,000 seven-year-olds in reading and maths. They also analysed teachers’ assessments of children’s abilities in other subjects such as speaking and listening, writing, science, maths, PE and creative arts.
I hope the study was conducted over a level playing field. Thousands of kids from penniless immigrant families have a tenuous or worse, non-existant grasp of the English language which would add bias to the study conclusion. We wouldn’t want to tax people on fudged or artificially skewed results now, would we…
The report – part of the Millennium Cohort Study, an on-going analysis of children across the UK born between 2000 and 2002 – compared education standards with pupils’ family backgrounds.
It found the children of parents in professional and managerial jobs were around eight months ahead of those with parents who were long-term unemployed.
Those bloody middle class scumbags depriving underpriviledged kids by being smarter, eh. You know what really pisses me off? The way the old grammar schools recruited dumb as rocks kids from poor and working class backgrounds for decades and gave them a sound education with excellent life prospects. That was so fucking patronising of them don’t you think, Dr Alice? And, getting back to the study, what about the kids whose professional parents are unemployed thanks to Nein Arbeit? What category do they fall into? Or are they cast into limbo because they don’t fit the contructs of the study?
The study found this gap had widened over the last two years. A similar test carried out when pupils started school aged five found that the gap was just four months – half as wide.
So the conclusions we can draw from this are either the diminished parenting skills of the underclass are inversely proportional to the size of rent a lefty social engineer is seeking or state education is even more shit than we suspected and growing worse by the day.
*I’m not referring to people on benefits. It’s the unfit for purpose state education system I have in my sights.