Sunday, 23 June 2019

Education is a right and a social benefit, not a commodity to be traded by the rich


After nine years of deliberate Tory vandalism the UK education system is in absolute chaos, but Labour have a fantastic proposal to reverse this damage and make the British education system fit for purpose again.

Under Jeremy Corbyn Labour have developed some fantastic policies, such as publicly owned not-for-profit rail, national grid, water supply and Royal Mail, a National Investment Bank like Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund, decentralisation of political and economic power, restoration of the NHS, investment economics instead of austerity fanaticism, and the long-overdue closure of the depraved Tory disability denial system.

But the shining jewel in Labour's policy proposals is the establishment of a National Education Service to provide quality education, for free, to all who require it.


It's a fantastic idea because access to a good education is a right, and an obvious benefit to all of society. And the Tories are horrifyingly wrong to have treated education as a commodity to be traded for profit by the rich.

The Tory damage

The damage the Tories have done to our education system over the last nine years will echo down the generations in the form of squandered opportunities, misallocated resources, wasted potential, and unpayable debts.

From the roots of the education to the branches Tory education policy has been a disaster. Here's just some of the detail.
  • The Tory fixation with austerity dogma has had its most damaging effect on the education system in adult education, which has suffered an astounding 45% funding cut since 2010. It should be stark-staringly obvious that a well-funded and easily accessible adult education and retraining system should be a vital component in an ever increasingly volatile jobs market, but the Tories have cut it to shreds.
National Education Service

Labour's concept of an integrated National Education Service to provide quality education from cradle to grave is absolutely brilliant, and could revolutionise education in the same way that the introduction of the NHS in 1948 revolutionised our health system and improved our nation's health.

Stop the profiteering


The right-wing idea that education is a commodity to be traded by the rich is an affront to basic common sense.

The primary purpose of an education system should be to provide the best standard of education, not to extract quick profits out of the system.

It's just absurd short-term thinking to think about the education system as a primary source of profit (via profiteering academy chains, dodgy no-bid supply contracts, rip-off student debt repayments ...) rather than a crucial component of future economic prosperity.

The better educated we are as a nation, the more economic potential we have, and the more cash that gets siphoned away in bloated executive salaries and private profits, the less is left to actually spend on the principal task of providing a quality education.

The establishment of a National Education Service would squeeze out the profiteers and reorientate our schools, colleges, universities, and adult education facilities back towards what always should have remained the primary objective: providing the best possible education.


Workforce flexibility

Perhaps the most obvious area where the National Education Service would be an advantage would be the provision of adult education and retraining.

Instead of using draconian sanctions to hound people into finding work (that often simply doesn't exist), referrals to the National Education Service for retraining would clearly be an awful lot more effective.

Someone who loses their job in their 50s doesn't need hounding and abusing until they find work, what they probably need is a skills upgrade, from computer literacy to new skillsets entirely, and a National Education Service that provided these courses free of charge to anyone who needs them would be an obvious economic benefit to the nation in the long-term.

Education for all

One of the most commonplace right-wing whinges goes along the line of "why should I pay for other people's education opportunities when I didn't get a good education myself".

This unbelievably selfish but incredibly commonplace whinge would be eliminated by the introduction of a National Education Service providing access to free education for all.

If everyone is entitled to free education and training, then the only ones left whinging would be those who don't want to benefit. "why should I pay for other people's education opportunities when I don't want to be educated myself" doesn't have quite the same impact does it?

Policy-based debate

The proposal of a National Education Service is a fantastic policy, but few people know about it because the Tories and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media know that Labour and the left would win hands down when it comes to policy because the general public strongly support most of it (see image).

That's why politics is continually debased to such an extent with an endless barrage of trivial nonsense and outright smears.

Corbyn didn't bow properly. Corbyn didn't sing the national anthem. Corbyn doesn't dress in expensive Saville Row suits so he's unfit to be Prime Minister. Jeremy Corbyn's an IRA supporter (because he met members of Sinn Féin and the Ulster Unionists to appeal for a peaceful resolution to the conflict). Corbyn went to Morecambe. Corbyn is a Czech spy. Corbyn supporters are all Stalinists and Trotskyites. Let's focus on anti-Semitism in Labour all the time (when there are way more anti-Semites in the Tory ranks). Corbyn supported Hitler during WWII (even though he wasn't even born). Corbyn is a Russian stooge (even though the Tories are the ones raking in £millions from Russian oligarchs and Putin cronies). Corbyn muttered "stupid woman" (or was it "stupid people"? let's debate this for several days!)

The barrage of nonsense and smears is as endless as it is deliberate.

They'd much rather we expend our time and effort defending Corbyn, and Labour, and the left in general from this constant bombardment of gibberish, than spending it discussing and explaining Labour's policies.

And the concept of a cradle to grave National Education Service is one of the best Labour policies of all. Maybe let's talk about that for a while, rather than continually fixating on the latest faux outrage or manufactured smear?

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

... given that Thomas enjoys writing in such a ranting, hate-fuelled manner where everything is expressed through a prism of hatred, condemnation, and a brainless one-eyed view of life ... I thought might give it a try!

Why Does Thomas G Clarke hate and despise the majority of normal folk in the UK?

Thomas G Clarke hates everyone other than about 5-10% of the the UK population that are brain dead Socialists. Thomas regularly writes rants about "tories", "lib Dems", Brexit party MPs, supporters and voters in terms of them being uncaring, uncompassionate (new word), selfish, stupid racists. Thomas believes, despite ALL, every single scrap, of the evidence to the contrary, that Socialism is the way forward.

Thomas hates young people that are not academically inclined. He wants to put them to work flipping burgers, digging holes, working in hair dressers so that they can pay income tax to pay for clever kids to enjoy 3 years of student union bars, student nights at the local night clubs, discounted travel and inflated salaries because they get a 2.2 in basket weaving or other nonsensical "humanities" subject that will be of absolutely no use in qualifying them for valuable employment.

Despite the numbers of kids attending university now at around 50%, having doubled over the last 25 years, Thomas believes that even more of them should go to university - whether they want to or not .... because he knows best.

Conclusion

Thomas hates the majority of ordinary folk in the UK and loves mass murderers like Mao and Stalin.

Birdman said...

God. Your desperate ain't you.

Radioh3d said...

So, Anonymous person too cowardly to have a name... you class decent, compassionate people who don't want the country they live in to be ruled by a minority of individuals who believe in an inherently evil system that favours greed, cruelty and selfishness as "brain dead Socialists"? And, according to your ridiculous assertion, 59.4 of the 66 million ordinary and normal people who live in the UK share your warped belief that the above greed based capitalist system is the way forward? Ooookay...

Conclusion

You are clearly a vile, indoctrinated lowlife and your hate-filled, right-wing rant only serves to reveal your desperation and willing subservience to the notion of sociopathic millionaires who see you as nothing more than the useful idiot you so obviously are. And if the fact that you seem to think you're clever is anything to go by, you're also severely delusional.

In other words, you're a fucking nutjob.

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Anonymous said...

Nah, hes just pointing out that artificially flooding the market with skill less degrees as New Labour did in the 2000s results in a generation of individuals who cannot find work as theres to many people looking for the same job (supply and demand). Also if you get the state to pay for higher education: you just shoulder the debt onto taxpayers.

You dont understand basic econonics.

Anonymous said...

Nah, hes just imitating Thomas. Honestly you think the taxpayer should pay for higher education fees?

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