Gibbering madness from Gove

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?

4 comments on “Gibbering madness from Gove

  1. Also, the incentives should be dispersed as much as possible, down to the pupils. Incentives at school level will just get perverted into something which benefits the school/staff/union.

  2. Also, getting an “honours” degree is up to how hard the student works at Uni–the schools can’t control that.

  3. The schools will also be pushing students to choose a degree subject and university which the teachers believe will be easier to pass, rather than the one that’s best for the student.

    Given that a lot of students don’t know much about universities, and rely on schools for information, giving the schools a powerful motive to misinform students is a bad move.

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