Education

A teacher reveals how 50 years of creeping moral relativism have left him helpless to turn his pupils into decent members of society

Cameron’s sustained attempt to hide his gentlemanliness reflects wider society’s rejection of good moral conduct

‘In 1987 the majority of England cricketers were state-educated. Now most professional sportsmen are educated privately — including black children’

The progressive orthodoxy in British education has left one in five school-leavers functionally illiterate. That ethos needs to change

In six years of study I didn’t learn a single thing that would be of any use to me in my ambition to become a figurative artist

‘We used to point to the fact that teachers didn’t know grammar. Now the inspectors judging the teachers don’t know it either’

‘Gove has restored ordinary rights to classroom teachers. Yet the unions hate the man who made it possible for teachers to breathe again’

‘In New York schools where they teach a core knowledge curriculum, some of the poorest children are discussing Shakespeare at four years old’

Michael Gove said he would never stand for the Tory leadership. But Iain Martin wrote, in 2012: “Perhaps he will be able to overcome his fear . . . Those who care about the future of this country should hope so: the Tories need their Iron Laddie and so do we.”

Every day I grapple with unruly pupils who have no respect for teachers because discipline is treated as a dirty word in our schools