The Apollo Project
Liberal Ideas for the 21st Century
Thursday, November 24, 2005
by Peter

I refused to comment about this a couple of weeks ago. But others have been less reticent. First Jonathan Calder took up the debate here (it's a debate provoked by Johann Hari rather than myself I should add).

Now Mary Reid has produced an educationalists view of some of the issues - with amusing anecdotes for good measure.

And finally, Ed Davey has come up with his prescription.

One of the first things to get right in politics is to understand the feelings of voters, and Davey manages this well:

"Parents want to know that their help won't be considered cheating and that their children won't be cheated by other pupils stretching the rules."

I think that this is correct.

Whether this will be achived by clear guidelines is, I think, open to question.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 5:12 pm  
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