We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm sure it is possible to receive a rigorous and challenging secondary education in the UK but, according to Lubos Motl's summary at The Reference Frame, it's getting harder to find.
Motl is specificially speaking about the softening of the sciences. A quote:
...all subjects have been affected. In literature, great poets are omitted while third class poets are included according to a political key. Civitas also confirm Grey's statement that the new subject "scientific literacy" is not really about chemistry, physics, and biology but rather about media studies. The children are expected to discuss AGW, GM crops, and whether scientists should be trusted. I have no idea how they can decide whether scientists should be trusted if the children learn no science.
If this is taken too far, where will their engineers and naval architects and doctors and physicists and science teachers and inventors come from? Eastern Europe, India and China?
The Naval archtects will come from Alice Springs ,Australia after years of competition in the Todd River Yacht Club Regatta. (folks it's a dry lake in the middle of Australia where they actually build boats sans bottoms, climb inside, lift the boat and run with it )
Physics, medicine, and call centers will be farmed out to former colony India. England will become Mecca North.
Speaking of dumbing down, why doesn't the average American know anything, anything , about the North American Union and the SPP, the Security and Prosperity Partnership which dwarfs the immigration bill as an elephant does an ant?