British kids, as anyone who’s met one can attest to, are stupid. Their English, so new research tells us, is worse than those for whom the empyrean tongue is a second language. Half of them can’t spell ‘separate’. Almost four in five think that there’s an apostrophe in the possessive form of ‘its’. And all this from students of one of the country’s top universities. Egad!
Were they not so insignificant, one would undoubtedly shudder when considering what the standards are like lower down the age and ‘intelligence’ groups. Morons to a man, most probably.
It is not all the fault of the pupils, however. Our poor illiterate inferiors are taught by demagogues often equally confused by the world of complicated clauses and errant apostrophes.
Combined with the government’s determination to prove that they’ve created a nation of geniuses by awarding every school student straight As within the next decade, pupils are left with little option. Society demands that they cheat, whenever and wherever possible.
There isn’t anything too wrong with thisÃ¢â‚¬â€cheating is a noble art whose effective expression fights valiantly against the systematic neutering of meritocratic standards in our beleaguered education system. However, this is most certainly not to say that any old cheating should be given a free ride. Such a policy would be indelicate in extremis. If the policing standards fall too low, the pernicious effects of the ‘prizes for all’ culture will negate the benefits of those that can be a bit ‘creative’ with their coursework.
Thus, the government’s new guide to coursework cheating, unleashed onto well-meaning teachers yesterday, makes for relatively grim reading.
Some, in fact quite a few, of the watchdog’s proposals sound surprisingly stringent, and with a bit of luck, might even turn out to be sensibly implemented. Others, however, seem designed to sully the good name of cheating with the type of tosh one has come to expect from reason-hating government departments.
Teachers should now ensure, we’re told, that part of a coursework task is carried out under supervision. While this may sound perfectly reasonable, it is in fact a big waste of everybody’s time, teachers and pupils alike. Other than those coursework tasks that can be easily split into separate sections where one of said sections can be completed and handed in independentlyÃ¢â‚¬â€of which there are precious fewÃ¢â‚¬â€all this means is that the dedicated plagiariser has to wait until going home to ‘enhance’ whatever nonsense he’s had to do under the watchful eye of the teacher, whose time, incidentally, would be better spent teaching rather than supervising.
Another point from the guideÃ¢â‚¬â€which might seem at first hand to be eminently sensible but on any sort of examination is seen to be little more than bureaucratic defecationÃ¢â‚¬â€advises teachers to compare the standard of coursework, especially with respect to the use of scientific terms, with the work a pupil is condemned to complete to pass the time and to keep them from getting into trouble.
Without draconianly making the entirety of the year’s work subject to examinational scrutiny, this scheme blatantly and blithely discriminates against those pupils with better things to do than waste their time churning out crap for the staff-room shredder. Such a move would also have an unwelcome knock-on effect to another oft-highlighted ‘problem’ of schooling, viz. that girls outperform boys at the more strictly standardised levels of education.
Girls, due to their disabling lack of imagination, tend to work harder throughout the year and charm teachers with their curly handwriting and lack of mud on their trousers. If such pointless activity is to have an indirectly favourable effect on allegedly life-defining grades, everyone could soon be in trouble.
School, in the government (as opposed to the running around breaking things) sense of the word, is soul-destroying and unrewarding enough already. Take away the important recourse of risk-taking associated with the more leisurely, economical kids, and it becomes drastically worse.
For a prosperous life, those who can should cheat, and more importantly, they should be given the freedom to do so without the retards getting a share of their rewards.