Well here's the start of my first political thread. KRUDD has forced me to comment. WTF is revolutionary about state bashing, it's like listening to Howard, although the Kruddster does it with a smarmy smile. We may as well have got Costello as a leader.
No doubt the public agree that everyone should be able to read/write by 13/14 yrs and have a basic handle on Maths, Simple Physics/Chemistry and Biology by around 16yrs, but why aren't we aiming to have everyone computer literate too, that would be a revolution.
Why don't we offer free education for oldies on computer to let them catch up, that would be a revolution.
Why don't we forget about performance of schools and provide vocational support from an early age and engage all children in work environments from an early age? That would be a revolution.
Why don't we cut funding to religious based learning? ie: give them 10% less while they're teaching their own values, not practical skills and knowlege for life, that would be a revolution.
Why not increase the number of IT literate staff from people outside education by offering free teaching diploma courses to engage them with the opportunities in education? That would be a revolution.
Why not randomise the benchmarks of learning so that "rigid tests" of literacy are not a burden on the public purse, eg: can a child figure out how much change the need if the go to the shop?, can the child measure the length of a piece of timber or weigh themselves and read the scale? can the child write their own address and look up a postcode? Simple stuff, essential for living - Not even difficult to implement but seldom taught early enough, and hardly a blink needed to start a revolution.