37 thoughts on “The State of Education | Yes, Prime Minister | BBC”

  1. Atomic ordinance constitutes a set of labor saving devices that makes a draft unnecessary, freeing people to do charitable work.

  2. Humphrey had a strict classical education with Latin and he couldn't even use it in conversation with the Prime Minister.

  3. In the 21st century we only need one school, the internet education channel. Haha. Save a fortune, plus no tedious travel time and relaxed pupils in their own homes learning and feeding themselves. Haha. This is the 21st century you know, not 1967. Haha

  4. Actualy I think most important thing about education is not even chance to lern things, but chance to exercize your mind, so you could learn to use your head and gain skills and understanding in the future. Learning how to learn is most important thing.

  5. Just recently, another figure on education has come to light. Most schools in Britain don't have enough money, to the point that schools are starting to ask parents for money. And yet, Britain spends more money on education per capita than most other countries.

    How? Well, they included university loan spending in this figure to make it looks like the government is spending lots of money on education, when something like 80% of people never fully pay back their loan. So the government looks like they're spending loads of money, when in reality they are losing lots of it.

  6. The UN estimated that it would take $30 billion to end world hunger every year. Rich people together spend $45 billion just on travel. Can’t all of us humans collectively find $30 billion to end world hunger? That would be such a major achievement. More people able to put their brain power into the economy would create a much better world. That’s how we went from nomadic tribes to a bustling civilization. We started to take care of each other through technology, which freed up our time to do cooler things.

  7. Give them a 100million each, we don't have to worry about Russian we'll have civil war in three weeks. That's very true.

  8. My god, such cynicism – and it makes perfect sense! Keeping teenagers in school not only artificially lowers the unemployment rate, but it creates a job market for people who perform a teaching job which under ideal circumstances would be redundant.

  9. Compare the writing of this to some of nowadays comedy. It's a different league. Now it's all 'fam' and pigeon english. Do you think they've deliberately dumbed down tv?

  10. Can the posting of these clips be considered some sort of cry for help from some people inside the BBC ?

  11. Give them all 100 milllion dollars and ask them to defend themselves and you wouldn't need to worry about the Russians, you'd have a civil war in 3 weeks!

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  13. This is so true. In Sweden a couple of decades ago the schools were handed down from being a state (i.e. centralised) responsibility to being a municipal (i.e. decentralised) responsibility. The results? Schools became worse and the inequality between schools skyrocketed. Rich municipalities got good schools, poor ones got bad schools. Go figure.

  14. That last bit I think helps to illustrate part of what's wrong in the States. The Federal government is hamstrung so effectively in some regards by the rights of the States that we'll forever remain disunited about the truly crucial things like education and health.

  15. Latin for those who wish to learn it and the literal translations.
    Tempora Mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis. – Times change and we change with them.
    Si Tacuisses, philosophus mansisses. – If you had been silent, you would have remained a philosopher.

    Interestingly enough, although 'if you had been silent' is attributed to the 5th and 6th century philosopher Boethius, it is not a direct quote. It appears in his seminal work 'The consolations of philosophy', second book, prose seven.
    The quote in latin is as follows: "Iam tandem", inquit, "intellegis me esse philosophum?" Tum ille nimium mordaciter: "Intellexeram", inquit, "si tacuisses". This translates as, "Now, at last," he said, "do you know me to be a philosopher?" Then he (someone else) with excessive venom replied, "I would have, had you remained silent."

    This is probably from whence the quote came. The context is a short parable told by Boethius of two men, one of whom was falsely claiming to be a philosopher in order to seek fame and reputation (instead of true virtue). The other man saw through the ruse and sought to prove his companion a deceiver by attacking him with vicious insults. If the so-called philosopher bore them with patience and meekness, then he was a real philosopher. The poser did actually bare the vitriol for awhile, but soon enough asked in exasperation, "Do you finally see now that I'm a philosopher?" To which, of course, his friend replied. "I would have, had you remained silent."

    Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses is a nice, witty summarisation of the incident, if not Boethius' original words.

  16. Education is too important to be put in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats; we need separation of school and state!

  17. ''Well, I would have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working live.'' Excellently summed up, as always.

  18. ''That's easy, none. They'd spend it all on conventional weapons.'' Somehow, he always manages to sum up reality in just a few sentences…

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