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By David Vance On May 17th, 2011 at 7:34 am

I’ve covered this at some length previously but the facts keep bearing out my original contention – namely that many of those who are accruing mountains of debt to obtain are degree from our Universities are being conned into thinking they will benefit financially once they enter the work force.

The value of higher education has been cast into doubt after it emerged nearly two thirds of recent graduates have failed to find a graduate job. New research shows recent university-leavers are questioning the value of their hard-earned degrees, and many are considering moving overseas to find suitable work. Researchers questioned 1,000 students who had graduated in the past three years, and found that 60 per cent do not have a graduate job. If these figures were replicated across the population, it would mean around 611,000 graduates have not found a degree-level job. Disillusioned graduates still looking for that first step on the career ladder have begun to question whether going to university was worth the trouble.

Under Labour, the ideological commitment was to ensure that 50% of young people went to University. In denial of the law of supply and demand, they were told this would mean that they would earn much more over the length of their career than those who did not go to University. This was the big lie and this research indicates that the majority of graduates will get nothing – other than a generational debt. I have always believed that University education should be for those most academically inclined and it should be about excellence. By definition that IS exclusive but it is also what sustains a premium for those graduates going through it. This way, we have equality introduced by social engineering and the result is utter disillusionment.

Two sorts of fundamentalist!

By Mike Cunningham On April 28th, 2011 at 9:05 am

We are informed, in outraged detail, that the ‘Muslim Jihadi ideal’ and ‘Islamic Extremism’, which is BBC Newspeak for the same thing, is alive and crackling in our Universities!

We know this already, but why aren’t we told, by this same the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security of the disgraceful rise of intolerance and thought suppression in those very same universities as practiced by the MultiCulturalist Left Brigade who dominate our Higher Education System? Take your time, if you would, and read the whole essay. You might well not agree with his notions, you may disagree with his conclusions, but I reckon you might well agree that he was censored in the most blatant way imaginable!


By Mike Cunningham On April 24th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Are we surprised at this?


And is this (despite the sex difference) a contributory factor?

Another brick in the wall!

By Mike Cunningham On April 18th, 2011 at 10:26 am

Listening to what passes for ‘debate’ on the BBC Today programme on Govt. plan to get training teachers into the schools to get an early idea of ‘how to control a bunch of unruly kids, or even ‘how to teach a class anything’ without being reduced to a shivering wreck. In principle, it sounds a good idea; to expose someone to the real ‘coalface’ of Education in Britain in the second decade of the 21st Century.

Chris Woodhead, a former Chief Inspector opined that anything which gave more experience at an early stage to embryo teachers was to be applauded; but comes the leaden voice of Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, with a different view, as of course one expects from a Dinosaur Trade union.

Now obviously I could not see her face as she spoke her comment, but there was not a giggle or a laugh in her tones as she said, perfectly seriously as far as I could tell:-

“The Union position is that the teacher training colleges are doing a perfectly good job, bringing first-class education to all the children in schools, and they see no advantage in any change!”

She really believed what she said, and saw no irony, no chance of an alternative viewpoint, no change!


By David Vance On April 16th, 2011 at 8:04 am

With apologies to Pink Floyd BUT…..

Pupils who have sexually assaulted teachers, threatened other children with knives and attacked police officers have been allowed back into the classroom, a shocking dossier reveals. In most cases, exclusion orders were lifted by their head teachers, school governing bodies or independent appeals panels. In a handful of schools, the child was not even removed in the first place. The dossier on the 16 ‘unteachable’ youngsters was compiled by teachers who warned that their authority is being undermined by allowing such children to return to school.

Talk to any teacher and you hear stories that would make your hair stand on end, if you have hair to stand on end. The fact is that trying to maintain discipline in the classroom is very difficult and that is the consequence of a human rights culture which frightens teachers and helps bullies.


By David Vance On April 12th, 2011 at 8:04 am

David Cameron, not Oxford University, is the disgrace. Playing to liberal appeal is what is seems to prefer to do…

UK PM David Cameron has branded Oxford University “disgraceful” after claiming that the institution admitted only one black student in the last academic year.

Oh really?

Senior officials at the university described the figure as “highly misleading” as it related only to British students who described themselves as black Caribbean. They said Oxford admitted another 27 students who described themselves as black African and another 14 who were mixed race. The university also said that only 452 black students across the country had even achieved the A-level results demanded by Oxford to meet its minimum entry requirements for the 2009-10 academic year.

452 students out of a student population of millions. Is there ANOTHER problem here Cameron should be trying to deal with rather than try ans slyly accuse Oxford University of racism? Why the massive academic under performance amongst black students? Isn’t that the disgrace that needs addressed rather than blaming the University?


By David Vance On April 8th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Well, I don’t always agree with the Trade Unions but I most certainly do on this one!

“More than 400 additional teachers could have been employed in Northern Ireland’s schools if millions of pounds had not been squandered on the ill-fated Education Skills Authority (ESA), a teachers’ union has claimed. The Ulster Teachers’ Union (UTU) blasted Education Minister Caitriona Ruane’s failed ESA as a “deplorable waste of resources” at a time when the education system is in financial crisis. Since 2005 around £10.2m has been shelled out on the proposed centralised education body, which never got off the ground. “This is a travesty and a deplorable waste of resources given the jobs crisis facing our young teachers. This money would have covered the salaries of around 450 young teachers,” said Avril Hall Callaghan, General Secretary of the UTU, which represents 6,180 members.

Remember that – £10m for NOTHING. Avril is right.


By David Vance On April 8th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

English Universities are ripping off would be students, plain and simple and I think this is profoundly wrong;

Far more English university students than originally expected will be paying the maximum tuition fee of £9,000 a year, BBC research suggests. About half of the 111 universities contacted by the BBC said they would charge £9,000 for all their courses. And about two thirds said they would charge the top rate for at least some courses. Ministers had said they had wanted the top fee to be charged only in “exceptional circumstances”.

The BBC research also suggests there will big differences in the financial support offered to poorer students, with some being offered as much as a £6,000 “discount” or fee waiver. Among the universities that will charge £9,000 for all courses, the fee waiver for the poorest students ranges from £2,000 to £6,000 a year. Changes mean that from autumn 2012, universities in England will be able to raise tuition fees from the present level of £3,290 a year to between £6,000 and £9,000, if they meet certain conditions. Students will pay the fees once they graduate and are earning at least £21,000, and there will be support for those from poorer homes.

So, the majority of students will end up with around £27,000 debt whilst coming out into a job market that is over supplied, with rising interest rates and shrinking opportunity. Good deal?

I know my ‘rites’

By Mike Cunningham On April 7th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Examine, if you would, the younger of the two females in the picture.

Cool outdoor top, styled hair, pretty features (enhanced) by make-up, stylish jeans, trainers. All that’s missing is the headphones and leads of an MP3 player and the inevitable mobile phone.

So why do you reckon her Mom (thats the other one in the photo) is p***ed off with the new Head Mistress of City of Ely Community College in Cambridgeshire?

Seems as though the new Head sent out a list of 14 really heavy ‘draconian’ rules to parents. Banned behaviour includes chewing gum, wearing odd socks, eating between lessons, running, wearing excessive make-up or using ‘visible’ earphones or mobile phones.

So plural ‘Moms’ get all anti because their precious little ‘rosebuds’ have been placed in the school ‘slammer’ for breaking the rules. They plan to remove their kids because of ‘draconian regulations’ imposed without ‘consultation!

You know, my heart really goes out; to the poor long-suffering Headmistress!



By David Vance On April 7th, 2011 at 8:58 am

Talk to any teachers and you will hear horror stories about the bad behaviour that is present in so many class rooms;

Teachers have gone on strike protesting over violence, threats and “poor management” at a Lancashire school. Staff at Darwen Vale High School in Darwen said they have a lack of backing from management when they confront bad behaviour from pupils. The teachers formed a picket line outside the 1,100-pupil school during the one-day walkout on Thursday.

Head teacher Hilary Torpey said management was in talks with the unions over how to support staff better.

The unions say pupils’  behaviour includes challenging teachers to fights, pushing and shoving staff, pupils making malicious allegations, constant swearing, and filming lessons on mobiles and threatening to post them online.

I don’t blame the teachers. Unfortunately the entire Human Rights Industry and consequential legal threats have paralysed the teaching profession and erased the imposition of the necessary discipline needed to help kids get a good education.