I’m going to be busy with elections until Friday morning, but you should be reading this:
David Cameron was challenged at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) to answer some of the grammar questions 11-year-olds are supposed to answer for their SATs.
Green MP Caroline Lucas asked the Prime Minister if he could “explain what the past progressive tense is”, to “differentiate between a subordinating conjunctive and a coordinating conjunctive,” and to “set out his definition of a modal verb”.
A clearly unprepared Cameron was unable to answer and claimed this was because:
“The whole point of these changes is to make sure our children are better educated than we are.”
This response would not have been quite as outrageous and bizarre if Cameron hadn’t attended one of the most elite schools in the country – Eton. Previous to this, Cameron went to the exclusive Heatherdown Prep where it is claimed he was in the elite form for the brightest pupils.
According to Viscount Goschen, who was at Heatherdown with Cameron, it was a “charming little school” with “lovely grounds with a miniature steam railway we could ride, and where little boys in blue suits and Wellington boots spent a lot of time building dens in the woods.” Furthermore, there were three separate toilets provided for sports days at the school – ladies, men and…chauffeurs.
So, just like the experience of education that most people in the country have then? Is Cameron claiming that he was ill served by his expensive education which led to Oxbridge and becoming Prime Minister? Would he have been a better Prime Minister if he’d studied archaic grammatical terms? How can he even know what education was like for the majority of the population when he was cushioned in this elite bubble?
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