New-style league tables are to be created showing how many children at each state secondary go on to graduate with an honours degree.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, said the move would encourage schools to make pupils “university-ready” and ensure they are given decent advice to pick the correct courses.
Look matey, incentives matter. This is the first of the two things that everyone needs to know about economics.
So, the incentive you\’re setting up here is that schools will be just gagging to get any and everyone into university. for that\’s how they will be judged, by how many of their pupils get degrees and to get a degree you\’ve got to go to university.
But our problem actually is:
It comes just weeks after an independent review claimed more than a quarter of children were currently pushed onto worthless college courses that add little or nothing to their long-term careers.
That we have too many people at university. People who are wasting part of their lives in a form of education/training which is entirely unsuited to them. What we actually want is a series of incentives to make sure that fewer people go to uni, not more. We want incentives for more people to do vocational, trade, training than degrees.
You\’re just about to set the system up to provide exactly the incentives we don\’t want to have in the system: which is gibbering madness, isn\’t it?