After every set of national A-level results, there’s a predictable rash of lazy journalism bemoaning the “Decline and Fall of Education”. The most worthwhile article this year is by Mary Warnock. It talks about the interface between further (16-18) and higher (18+) education…

“[there are] serious reasons to fear for the future quality of our universities. The concept of learning, the acquisition of knowledge and the exercise of creative imagination within the constraints of evidence and reason, has been almost fatally devalued. To see how this happened, one has to look to the schools from which university students come … The scandal is that not only are universities overwhelmed by the number of A grades, but that the possession of an A grade is no guarantee that its possessor can write intelligibly, read critically or think analytically … [the] abhorrence of [creating] an elite lies at the very heart of our educational troubles, first at school, then at university.”