It’s a bit unusual for a Tory peer to make a fuss about privilege and public school advantages in comparison to state school disadvantages, but as it’s the Olympics silly season I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised.
Lord Moynihan has condemned the dominance of public school-educated athletes in Team GB as “wholly unacceptable” and called for an overhaul of the education system to increase the number of state-school pupils winning medals.
I fail to see how it’s unacceptable, inevitable perhaps, but these people are simply doing their best and the public school network allows pupils to get the best out of their systems. As opposed to the state schools dragging everyone down to the lowest common denominator I’d guess.
Lord Moynihan said that about 50 per cent of the medals won by Team GB in Beijing in 2008 were secured by athletes educated in the independent sector, who made up just seven per cent of the population.
He described it as “one of the worst statistics in British sport”, and said all Olympic sports should seek to be more like football, where the proportion of privately-educated players was seven per cent, mirroring society as a whole.
“It is one of the worst statistics in British sport, and wholly unacceptable that over 50 per cent of our medallists in Beijing came from independent schools, which means that half of our medals came from just seven per cent of the children in the UK,” Moynihan said.
“There is so much talent out there in the 93 per cent which should be identified and developed and given equal opportunity through a sports policy that reaches out to able-bodied and disabled children whatever their background.
Well the talent may be out there, but even if it’s spotted it’s unlikely that much will come of it as the state school system is simply not fit for purpose other than in areas of ignoring reality and sexualising our kids. The state itself interferes far too much in education and that’s before the teaching unions step in to add further ‘politically correct’ poison to the mix in the way of equality, racism prevention and religious intolerance, which are neither needed or actually work, kids being kids after all.
Yes, the education system needs a massive overhaul, but to produce a generation of Olympic athletes? I somehow think not.
We’d be best off trying to actually get it to the position of producing kids who can read, write and do basic maths. To do that we need to get the politicians out of education and remove the teaching profession away from being public servants into independent self employed professionals. Then by putting them on fixed contracts weed out those who are actually useless at their jobs along with any union influences.
Condemning a system that works is not the way to improve a failed system and that’s where Lord Moynihan has it all wrong.