I wondered whe this would happen

David Davis

New-Labour-British-State-Type Socialist A-levels are dead: long live education.

4 responses to “I wondered whe this would happen

  1. Steven Northwood

    I never took them, I did an ‘access to HE’ thing at Nottingham Trent. Damn good it was as well, the University I mean. I met some very good teachers there. And, the not-so-good, but I suppose that’s normal distribution for you.

    I was never a rote learner, and I had a natural disposition to refute and challenge rote learning where I encountered it.

    I remember seeing an English A-level paper online once, and feeling quite confident of acing it very passionately. Very passionately. :-)

    The mathematics must be treated with a strict Ancient Hellenic or Leibnizian methodology, or it may just as well be practically discarded.

    Mathematics itself, outside of the mind of the beholder, is practically nothing more than literal notation and schematics, or drawings.

    Leibniz held this, when he came up with a very truthful and functional method of symbolic notation, the Binary System. The difference in any respect between 1 and 0 cannot be refuted.

    At all times in the study of mathematics, the notation must be subordinated to representing the facts, truths and observations of the student’s mind, which is enabled by mental visualisation. Otherwise, well, you get rote learners and a few lonely Leibnizians.

    One thing is for certain – education works.

  2. Steven:

    Karl Popper writes devastatingly on the unutterable boredom of his formal education. I share his view that if people can master reading, writing and mathematics, they can learn the rest for themselves.

    I would like to see books of education vouchers given to the _kids_. Schools would become more like educational shopping malls, with vast ranges of different classes available, and educators being remunerated according to the number of voucher-presenting students they provide educational services to.

    Cash, prizes and other incentives can be offered to students to progress and excel in particular fields of learning.

    This “Mania for Credentials” is just a means to coercively pre-package young people into fodder for the ghastly “worforce” nonsense, and a hierarchically incompetent society.

    Children are incarcerated into prison-schools (private or public) for twelve years, for doing nothing wrong at all.



  3. Steven Northwood

    Tony, I liked that idea when it was fielded on here before, I think there were a few commenters talking about it.

    Don’t forget Carl Gustav Jung wrote about his bafflement regarding mathematics, but you can’t nail these failings down to one school of thought.

    I like books. I’m as much a bookworm as a bibliophile, so I feel confident that in such a situation I would’ve gotten the education that I have.

    I’m not a graduate you know, I’m currently finishing my studies through the Open University. I was, and often am now, an abysmal student. I could have been an example, just in the same way that I could have wrote to the local Brigadier-General of the time to propose my methods that we fought in Iraq. In doing so, you might save a life. But what if it was the opposite, and you cause a life to be lost?

    I grew up with the type of lads that fought that conflict, and it wasn’t at all by cunning that I ended up going to university – on the contrary, it was a natural progression. At least that’s what I tell myself. I probably should have signed up though, and in a way it was cunning that I didn’t.

    Milton apparently did some good academic work regarding this kind of thing, and as any modern economics graduate will tell you, his truths are now largely proven to be self-evident.

  4. Interesting article on well-being in Britain and Europe; recommends focusing on “well-being” rather than GDP: