There is an intellectual abyss in the educational debate so deep you could lose a school bus down it. I’m reminded of this every time someone writes about evidence-based research in education, and clearly doesn’t know what that means. Worse, they invoke it like a totem, when all they seek to do is justify their own superstition.
This feature by Suzanne Moore, for instance. I’m sure she is wise and admirable, but it’s a joyless donkey ride across the greatest hits of armchair fantasy edu- football. It’s what I imagine Michael Rosen’s rosary sounds like. Perhaps cautious after the recent harrowing experience of being defended by Julie Burchill, she’s having a go at a safer, softer Aunt Sally, accusing the beastly Gove of ideological dilettantism.
Source: The Behaviour Guru.
I almost gave up reading Suzanne Moore’s piece in the Guardian when she called George Osborne “Gideon”. Moore and her ilk seem to think this is a witty trick that makes them look extremely clever. It doesn’t. It’s dull, stupid and unthinking. It wasn’t funny the first time some journalist did it and it’s not funny now after a thousand repetitions.
Anyway, Toby Young gives Moore’s meretricious rant a good fisking.