The dumbing down of the English

Over the following months, as the branch becomes busier with the elected mayor campaign, we will be inviting guest writers to contribute their thoughts on the site.

The first post today comes from UKIP member and English Patriot, Richard Aitkins, who is a frequent contributor to on line forums concerning English issues.

And so it continues…..

The Tory-led government assault continues with library closures. First we had the Building Schools for the Future programme cancelled, then we had tuition fees being trebled, and now it’s the turn of libraries.

A good example of this comes from the Isle of Wight, which is set to lose 9 out of its 11 libraries.

Almost 400 libraries nationwide are threatened with closure, and with half of councils yet to announce their plans the total could reach 800. In some counties more than half of all libraries are set to close, with rural areas worst hit by the spending cuts.

What is extremely annoying is that England is slowly moving down the table of education standards in the developed world. Recently we dropped out of the top 20, and it’s set to continue.

The ConDem government blame it on the “deficit” as the reason why cuts need to be made. Labour got us into trouble and the ConDems apparently have to clean the mess up.

Funny how they’ve managed to find £7bn for Ireland, billions more for increased EU spending, and large increases in foreign aid.

Whatever happened to charity begins at home?


2 comments on “The dumbing down of the English

  1. John McConnell says:

    it is delusional to believe that closing the libraries will have a detremental effect on the standard of Education…
    that is a weak argument, if you wish to see why the standard of education is dropping take time out of your busy schedule and go see for yourself what is happening in state schools…
    most children by the time they get to their teens struggle to write a sentence, the handwriting is appalling and they have no numeracy skills…
    Lose the libraries and start investing in education, the real heart of the problem.

    • Cliff Dixon says:

      John – I totally agree with the majority of your reply. I have a 14 year old stepdaughter who is in the system at the moment, and a 17 year old stepson who has been failed by the system and is now classed as a ‘NEET’ (Not in education, employment or training).
      I have taken time out and gone to see the state of the schools system, mainly because of my two stepkids. I have seen a system crippled by political correctness, and teachers scared to implement discipline for fear of legal action from parents who don’t give a damn and are looking for a quick claim.
      I got called in to school once because my stepson had thrown paint up the outside of the art studio – When I suggested that he should clear up the mess he had caused during his break times, and asked for the colour code of the paint, the teachers looked at me as if I had grown two heads! The two kids who had bullied him in to doing it (Caught on CCTV) were spared any discipline, as ‘They have had a hard upbringing’.
      The whole system needs sorting out – We now have a situation where our local schools are being told by the council to increase the size of classes without increasing the finances and numbers of staff, the secondary schools are then seeing the literacy and numeracy problems you describe and are putting pupils on to ‘vocational’ courses to keep the pass rates up so they don’t lose their rankings.When the children leave school and go to university, the universities are hit with a surplus of students wishing to do media studies, art and other less academic courses that get subjective marking – The result is a surfeit of degree students in certain areas, and a dearth of them in more academic subjects that are required by society such as Maths, Engineering and the sciences.
      Those who leave school at 16 are ill equipped to face the demands of finding a job, and lo and behold the council are pulling funding on support agencies such as the Connexions service in Uxbridge as part of the cuts.
      Libraries are not a massive part of the problem, John, but can help children such as my step daughter when they are pointed in the right direction. Many of our senior citizens also use the library service (My mother is an avid reader, and the library is a real boon to her where her pension will not stretch to buying books on a regular basis) – How many of our pensioners are ‘silver surfers’, and how many still visit traditional libraries?
      Balance this with the amount of money that Richard says is being spent on foreign aid, the EU, and the Irish bail out – We could fund our schooling properly AND our libraries with that money.

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