In this mornings Telegraph Sarah Sands ( I have no idea either…”but I am happy to be elucidated”) claims that Boris is an “inspired choice for the arts”. Well said. She also describes how Janis Street Porter feels she would have been a better candidate. She (JSP) says of Boris, “you are not as funny or ironic as you think”. I personally find her teeth and glasses “richly comic”.
In Boris’ own column he talks about the rampant inflation of exam grades. Boris begins his oration with a platonian scene setter: the school speech. I wish to reassure Boris that, in private at least, many teachers (I included) agree whole heartedly. It is a worry how little they actually know and and how little they can remember. Here is a revelation that may shock…candidates for GCSE Geography do not have to write an essay in any of their exam papers or coursework and hence, the PGCE does not think it required to teach the kiddy winks how to write one. Many pupils struggle to write more than a few hundred words. Infact, many students struggle to read a few hundred words without their concentration wavering. Boris…keep making these noises…exams are easier! Coursework is a dodle! They’ve got it easy!