Totally off-topic, but I just had to share this wonderful article by James Delingpole in the London Telegraph, which I stumbled upon while looking for something else.
Last night I saw the future of education in Britain - and it worked.
The occasion was the launch of Katharine Birbalsingh's free school in Lambeth, South London. As a local parent I was naturally very interested in this because at the moment round these parts you have two options when your kids turn 11: either you consign them to the dustbin of whichever failing state school you're unlucky enough to get them into. Or you consign yourself to an old age of misery and penury by forking out for one of the many excellent local private schools.
Having just been in America, I know that in the States (Canada too) parents face very similar problems. And it has nothing to do with poor/ethnic kids finding it harder to learn, or with wicked government underfunding, or any of the other weaselly excuses trotted out by the progressives who've held the education systems on both sides of the Atlantic hostage for the last three or four decades. The problem has purely to do with entrenched ideology. In short, the liberal-left will do everything it can to hamstring knowledge-based, academically-rigorous, disciplined liberal arts education because it creates achievers not victims.
I saw these progressive Enemies of Promise at the meeting last night and crikey what a malign bunch they were. You know that awful tortured expression you see on Dracula's face when he's ambushed in his coffin and, as the stake is driven into his heart his eyes open in fear and horror while he screams his final scream of abominable evil? Well that's just the reaction I witnessed last night from the activists who'd turned up en masse to try to sabotage Birbalsingh's dream academy.