Pseudonymous rant or valid criticism?
I was amazed to discover that most of my students, regardless of year level, did not even come close to knowing their times tables. Having since grown used to the ineptitude of my students, from time to time I catch myself observing with surprise the ability of a shop assistant working out change in their head or a friend mentally dividing a restaurant bill. Skills that were once nearly universal, regardless of intelligence or higher educational status, are uncommon in today’s school-leavers.
Conservative commentators are correct, to a degree, to apportion blame to the influence of socialist ideology, which is thoroughly entrenched in the system through an unholy trinity of the Australian Education Union, teacher educators and bureaucrats of the state education departments.