I don’t have the information, but I’m sure I’m mad about something.
It could be the daft NI systems for changing to secondary school at 11. I’ve complained about that before, when each girl spent Saturday mornings doing ridiculous tests in the hope of getting to the school of choice. Many moons ago children were deemed to have ‘Passed’ or ‘Failed’. An official Failure at 11…
Now the systems are more complicated and nobody ‘fails’, but try telling that to the mum I met on Saturday morning. She was in floods of tears because her daughter’s score was lower than expected. The child had a higher score than Girl2, but her mum was devastated. She didn’t know if the child would get into the school of choice. In contrast, I spoke to a granny later, a granny in tears of joy because the eldest grandchild had a score that would probably get him into his preferred school- his score was 11 points lower than that of the girl. Each school has its own criteria, and there are two totally different types of tests to be mastered if all options are to be open.
Girl 2 did all the tests, and overcame her anxieties to get the grade she wanted to go to the same school as Girl 1. There was relief and joy and ‘Yes you can!’. The grin hasn’t left her face since. That doesn’t make the system fair or right.
I’m missing things. I know there are annoying things happening, but I’ve lost track. Is it the demonstrable callousness of the UK government? Is it the selling off of the National Health Service? Is it the promotion of inequality? It could be the attack on welfare. Is it the laws passed to stifle debate? is it the gradual whittling away of rights? Is it feeling of death by a thousand cuts? There is so much wrong with our society (as well as the floods, flags, arrogance) that it’s hard to feel that I can make any impact at all. There are so many battles to fight and nobody can do it all.
Divide and conquer.
Big business wins.
And we sleepwalk into greater inequality, into greater deprivation, because all we can do is use the systems to do well by our own.
Wooly guilt? Vague nonsense based on misread tweets?
Could be. But I might need to read the papers to be sure, and I can’t read worthy things. I need simple versions of things. A Dummies guide for current politics (lefty version).
Maybe some of the smart kids could make an app for that.