When You Know You Can Safely Ignore A Whinge By Michael Rosen…

This Spag test was recommended with hardly a footnote of evidence and on a false premise – namely that spelling, punctuation and grammar questions have right and wrong answers.


This chin-stroking touchy-feely approach to teaching is the reason so many kids have no idea about possessive apostrophes or homonyms or of any of the other building blocks of grammar and punctuation.

And also why they ‘write’ essays that are in street lingo and wonder why they can’t get jobs.

… in a recent speech at the British Educational and Training Show, you first boasted about the academies programme your coterie has imposed on the English education system – a programme that has cost millions but cannot show that, of itself, it improves schools.

Yeah, there’s a hell of a lot of that going around, eh, Michael?

10 comments for “When You Know You Can Safely Ignore A Whinge By Michael Rosen…

  1. Sackerson
    March 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t think orthography is the key to employment. I understand that no two of Shakespeare’s extant signatures are spelt alike.

    On the other hand I’d like to see the return of precis and comprehension, because we need minds able to analyse, sort wheat from chaff and see through slippery language.

    And – back to employment – globalisation continues to tear holes in the fabric of our economy; as Jimmy Goldsmith said it would.

    • Viscount Rectum
      March 9, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Thank you, I have a wonderfull book called “Bacon is Shakespeare” it shows that our pal from Avon was illiterate and only found himself in London on account of deer poaching and his signature had the same value as an X . Globalisation is a malignant organism coming from the mind like viral religon, politics and other determinants of human behaviour

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Precis and comprehension are being deliberately ‘taught out’ of the population..

  2. Hereward unbowed.
    March 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    While I watch our nation sink into the East.

    The PC al beeb indulge in a championing of various recent social engineering disasters all of which to some varying degree predicate the causes of the political and social trashing of society, its cultural breakdown into dsytopia.
    Obama in the states and civil rights which led to Apartheid in the UK: race discrimination laws and the eventual ‘which way is up’ Harman’s equality ACT of idiocy. Worrying about Isil knocking down some rubble in Iraq – but never mind throwing people off buildings. Wimins rites, sports and musings at every flick of the telly gizmo on 24hr rolling propaganda. And all of them victims not enemies, going off to Syria was the fault of the POLICE – no less?!

    Edukashun, Edukashun, Edukashun! So said Bliar but if anything could have been further from the truth – even for the Messiah – that phrase summed up his government.

    But it started with Jenkins and Wilson’s Labour and Crosland.

    We stopped teaching – full stop – maths and English the two core subjects but also science and history also key learning blocks. Then…..imprinting youngsters with the ability of critical thinking, inculcating kids to exercise their critical faculties and being able to analyse stuff, small wonder kids agitate for global warming, bird mincers and defend Islamization and join UAF and love the cozy EU bog standards.

    We’re done for – simple as.

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:43 am

      I fear you’re right.

  3. Him Again
    March 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Michael Rosen?
    Would this be the same Michael Rosen who was a “fellow traveller” of the SWP, only breaking off after that nasty rape scandal which has been conveniently forgotten?
    The same Michael Rosen who went straight from Uni to work for the BBC?
    The same Michael Rosen who stated that children should not be taught to read, presumably on the assumption that they would just pick it up as and when they were ready.
    I’ve seen the consequences. Teenagers who have such difficulty reading that they avoid it whenever they can. One of our youngsters can’t read at all. Many of the others have “dyslexia”. It is easier to label them, then everyone is off the hook. And the schools get more money. Everyone’s a winner, apart from the kids.

    As for science, I spent an hour trying to get the concept of density across to a roomfull of 15 year olds. I had no chance at all.

    And Maths? Don’t make me laugh. They can’t even count.

    God help us. More importantly, God help the children.

    • ivan
      March 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      So you are saying the film ‘Idiocracy’ is a documentary and not a fictional story.

    • kailyard rules
      March 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Why leave it only to the schools and pedagogues ? Some modicum of Reading and Writing,at least, should be taught at home.How many of those who can are held back by those who can’t? Alas, parental responsibility for children’s education? How many parents are children themselves?

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:43 am

      That’s EXACTLY the Michael Rosen referred to..!

  4. Him Again
    March 9, 2015 at 10:41 pm


    I saw “Idiocracy”. I thought it was horrific and a lot more likely than “1984” or “Brave New World”.
    The bit that really got to me was the crops dying because they irrigated them with Brawndo (a fizzy drink) “because it has electrolytes”. No-one drank “toilet water”. No-one knew what an electrolyte is, but obviously it must be a good thing.

    Compare with this:

    I don’t think we’re all that far away from Idiocracy. The only ‘saving grace’, if you can call it that, is that enough people do get a proper education. And there are always the immigrants. I once spoke to a nurse from Zimbabwe whose English was immaculate.

    kailyard rules
    Yes. But what happens when the parents can’t read very well either? Many of them are desperate for their children to do better, but they are not in any position to do much about it themselves.

    Read them and weep




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