I'm not a fan of these school "league tables", but this says it all about our education system. One of the more curious statements Ed Balls makes - and he is very good at curious statements - is pledging to "shut down or take over any state school unable to improve within two years."
Err - how is the state going to take over a state school exactly?
Mr Balls unveiled a programme of reforms this week to improve remaining schools, including £10,000 "golden handcuff" deals to encourage the best teachers to work in the worst schools.
Yeah - like that is really going to make a difference. Many of the best teachers are choosing to work in independent schools even though they may actually earn less money than they could at state comprehensives simply because they can't stand the crap ladled out by the government, the pupils and the parents anymore.
The failure of progressive education is now apparent and undeniable - no amount of grade inflation and over hyped pass marks for easier exams can hide this now. This is not a failure of the children - children are as bright now as they ever were (no more, no less) - it is a failure of the system and particularly the progressive meddlers who destroyed what was once a successful and much envied education system.
We have failed two generations of school children - we can not allow the progressives to fail another. We can not afford to allow them to.