Friday, November 19, 2004

The tale of two Charles'

Prince Charles is not someone I would normally cite as a modern thinker with his finger on the pulse, but his comments about the false expectations given to children in schools is right on the mark.

Now another Charles - Education Minister Charles Clarke - who is even more loud-mouthed and obnoxious than even the bonny Prince could ever be has waded into the debate.

While I may think that Prince Charles' comments in a letter to a member of staff were arrogant and elitist, his comments about schooling did nothing but call it how it is.

We live in a country were children are given the false belief that they really can achieve whatever they want. The truth is that they can't. That's not how society works. For every kid who becomes a Wayne Rooney (god forbid) or a Ewan MacGregor, there are tens of thousands who, lets face it, lead average lives.

At no time in school are children told that 90% of them will actually find a normal job, earn a mediocre wage and struggle to make ends meet throughout their 20s and 30s.

This is yet another storm in a gold plated, diamond studded, royal teacup.

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