A concerned teacher has brought to my attention the latest example of less than totally honest behaviour from the loathsome Toby Young, who has taken to spraying around misleading statistics as a way of deflecting criticism of his beloved Tory politicians. As Michael “Oiky” Gove has now been removed from the Education brief, to the relief of many decent educators who wished it had happened rather earlier, he is now defending the PM.
Try editing that one out, Tobes
A parent had written an exasperated letter to Young Dave following her daughter’s SATS results, telling how a year 6 pupil had been told that she was merely “average” and that this was somehow “not good enough”. The Tories do love to go on about pupils allegedly “coasting”, forever imputing lack of achievement somewhere along the line - and usually dumping on teachers, who get similarly smeared.
These showed that over 98% of children attained between A* and G, where G equals level 1 (basic literacy). As there is some difference between Tobes’ 80% and 98%, one has to ask where he is getting his figures. The answer may lie in a TES article from 2010, which tells “Government-funded research claims 20% of 16- to 19-year-olds lack basic skills”, going on to claim that they are “functionally illiterate and functionally innumerate”.
[UPDATE 1930 hours: Tobes has helpfully admitted that his "a fifth" figure did indeed come from the Sheffield study cited in the TES article, which shows he is talking, not for the first time, out of the back of his neck.
Michael Rosen asked "When Toby Young @toadmeister said that one fifth of English children are 'unable to read or write', what evidence was that based on?"
And remember, folks, this isn't just a hack shooting his mouth off. They let him set up and run a school, too]