Our Political Masters Define (1): Apostasy

First in a series I plan to do in 2011 on definitions in the English language from the World of Politics – From the man who PLEDGED not to increase student fees before the election and who did not even have the political virility to vote for or against….but now an Education Tsar / Czar/ Kaizer / Caesar…take your pic……

Editorial Note: Mr Simon Hughes is now the deputy leader of The Liberal-Democratic Party – enjoying a…what is the opposite of *Resurgence*?.. in the polls.  [YouGov et al show Lib-Dem support at 7-11%]

Universities must cut private schools intake, says Simon Hughes

Guardian: Colleges are ‘failing miserably’ to reflect society, according to the Liberal Democrat deputy leader

The Guardian notes… and I find this neo-ironic… “His unpaid role will involve challenging “misinformation” which might deter young people from poorer backgrounds from applying to university.”

I think education is best left to the professionals and not politicians…… but hey… what do our views count for in these dark days?

2 thoughts on “Our Political Masters Define (1): Apostasy

  1. Universities must cut private schools intake, says Simon Hughes

    A pointless policy.

    Perhaps an effective policy would be to ban all recruitment of people who had a private school education from every public sector position for fifty years.

    This would be an effective policy to satiate his bigotry.

    But would it and indeed could it, from a law point of view, happen?

  2. I know a fair amount of people involved in the admissions process at several Cambridge colleges, and I know that none of them do anything other than take the candidates they assess to be the most able and most likely to succeed.

    This assessment already includes (informal) allowances for poorer performance at interview and in exams that might be explained by the absence of the benefits of a private education. Admissions officers and interviewers go to considerable lengths to ensure that everyone is given the best chance to demonstrate their natural ability, regardless of where they went to school.

    Asking them to set a limit on how many privately educated students they take amounts to nothing other than asking them to take less able candidates, which seems more than a little unsavoury.

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