Michael Gove: governments must stop lying to children about life chances

Education secretary says ‘inflated’ GCSE figures were used in past to tell pupils they could go to university or get skilled work

On Friday 18th October The Guardian reported that The Little Shit has stated that politicians should stop “lying to children” about their life chances”. Short link for the page: http://gu.com/p/3jk72

I agree. I think we should stop telling David Cameron’s children, or the children of the other 23 millionaires in the ConDem cabinet (out of 29), that their life chances are so good because they are exceptionally talented and hard-working, when in reality their optimistic life chances are entirely determined by the wealth of their parents, as in turn were the life chances of those parents.

But of course this isn’t what The Little Shit is saying; what he is actually saying is that we need schools to teach children “to know their place”.

This is effectively the same Malthusian argument against universal education that was often put by aristocratic parliamentarians in the 19th Century. i.e. there will always be rich and poor and most people born poor will die poor so the best way to maximise the happiness of the poor is not to educate them, which will only lead to discontent, but on the contrary to get them to ‘accept’ their condition as natural and inevitable, and thus live happy lives reconciled to their material conditions.

Modern Tories have learnt to hide the truth of their ideological positions behind the politically correct language of ‘opportunity’, ‘diversity’, ‘choice’ and ‘aspiration’. But what is so fantastic about The Little Shit is that he doesn’t have the political guile to hide the elitist, Malthusian, misanthropic, winner-takes-all, nihilist ideology underlying most Tory thought, which is of course why he is so popular with the Tory Right who see no reason to apologise for despising the poor and relentlessly promoting their own interests at the expense of everyone else.

For the Tory brave new world to come into being, which is actually an attempt to reassert the economic and hierarchical realities of Victorian England, the working class have to be pacified and taught to know their place. Education must not teach people to think, it must teach people to work, and above all to do what they are told by their betters who self evidently must know best, because they are the betters.


About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio http://www.agitpopradio.org.uk He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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