Why, oh why, can’t our politicians stop meddling with the education system? Last night the news reported that Michael Gove, had made yet another change to the A Level system. Of course he mean well, they all do! All education ministers believe that they have been put on this earth to finally give our children the education they deserve. Only they can see what’s wrong with the current system and only they can make the the changes that are going to put it right.
Weather these changes will improve the way our children learn, we cannot of course be certain, only time will tell, but what we can be sure of, as sure as we are that the sun will rise in the east and set in the west, is that very soon there will be another education minister, with yet another set of ideas about what must be changed and the merry-go-round will be turning once again.
For as long as I can remember governments have been doing this. They simply seem incapable of leaving well alone. I’m not saying that there aren’t times when the system does have to be altered, but I cannot believe that the series of whole sale changes, that we have had to live through over the last two decades and more, has been beneficial to anyone other than the politicians themselves.
Certainly it makes the lives of those of us trying to bring up our children even more stressful and confusing. We know that getting a good education, is probably going to be the single most important factor in ensuring that our children will have happy and productive lives, so we obsess about getting it right. It would be lovely if those charged with governing us could help us, but far to often they just get in the way.
In the circumstances, it is hardly surprising, that more and more of us, are now employing our own A Level tutors at home, to help our children get through their vital exams. More than ever getting good grades is vital to getting the right start in life, and we will do anything to make that more likely. That may or may not be a good thing, but it is certainly a fact of life, and we all have to accept it.