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May 21, 2009


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The UK education system has all the failings you describe George...what semblance of non-vocational unstressed teaching that existed has been destroyed by the Target-measuring-blame culture of corporate neoliberalism which has been embraced by all UK governments of the last 25 years....and its obsession with control and monatarisation is falling apart like a cheap watch...but then what isnt?
My grandfather worked in a shipyard had no qualifications, yet he had skills in metalworking which very few people could match today. He could create garden gates, railings, utensials, car body panels every bit as good as the professionals...he had that magical and mystical co-ordination of eye, hand and brain which no academic testing procedure could quantify-he was also a fine gardener and an convincing amateur philosopher! Craftsmen, artists, guilds associations, 'uneducated' men who could barely read, created the gothic cathedrals of Europe which have lasted a thousand years.
Any rational sapience system must recognise nurture and encourage these type of undervalued talents in all people. I work in a UK university, I deal with professors and doctors of science..I am constantly amazed at their lack of insight/interest in subjects beyond their specialisms...they prefer to burrow in effete, increasingly irrelevent research (immotality symbolism)
I have a lot more respect for my old (sadly departed)grandads wisdom and humanity than the lot of them put together!

I have a shrewd feeling George knows these supressed feelings of 'colleagual dispair' all too well.

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