It is wrong to stream kids from the age of 11

The daughter of a friend of mine recently failed her Kent Test. So I finally have proof of something I’ve been thinking for a while. It’s not Kent youngsters who are stupid: it’s the Kent Test. This is a girl who has a reading age of 14; who has been reading by herself since the age of seven; who is imaginative and creative, funny and intelligent, kind and considerate and who has all the qualities to make her an accomplished and well-rounded human being. And yet she failed her test. I won’t go into details here. There were mitigating circumstances. … Continue reading It is wrong to stream kids from the age of 11

Stop trying to score cheap political points

I went to the Remembrance service at the war memorial on Sunday. I was there to accompany my father, who was on active duty in the Korean War. My problem with the service was how relentlessly Christian it was. How many of us are Christian these days? I suspect not many, though all of us are touched by the effects of war. I must add that the Rev Rachel Webbley did a good job in broadening her sermon out, referring to “our friends the Muslims” at one point. I think that was a bold statement, possibly inserted to ensure that … Continue reading Stop trying to score cheap political points

We’re being asked to make impossible choices

I’m just looking at Kent County Council’s budget consultation document for 2016-2017. It makes for abysmal reading. After asking us how much Council Tax we would be willing to pay, it goes on to offer a series of increasingly impossible choices. We are asked to identify the most and the least important services from a set of lists of what £1,000 of council spending buys. There are 14 lists altogether. Here are some examples: Twenty two faulty street lights to be repaired; sixty two attendances by a young person at their local youth centre; five hundred journeys on subsidised bus … Continue reading We’re being asked to make impossible choices