Education one way street

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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As students fighting for education it can sometimes be forgotten by onlookers that we don’t all just refer to our own education, we refer to education for the masses, we refer to the education our younger brothers and sisters should have the opportunity to have. Sometimes the student movement can be seen as something that people will suggest is self interested and even just an excuse to kick off about.
However, this is not, never has been and never will be the case. The student anti cuts movement is one that wants to see equality and the standards of academic institutions to be able to offer experienced supportive lecturers, who have time to spend with their students and offer a high standard of education.
An article in the guardian this morning states:
‘Universities admit ‘soft’ A-levels damage chance of top places’.
Shocking statement isn’t it? Well if you read on it actually states that this is the opinion of Russell group universities, the most prestigious universities in the country fall under the Russell group, these universities are backed by some of the wealthiest people here and abroad.

So what this article actually suggests is ‘Countries richest hate humanities and arts’.
Seems to be a continuing theme in education as of late, instead of being able to freely choose the subjects you would like and to develop your education in order to go on to your chosen career, we are all being funnelled in to specific courses like drones being trained for a specific purpose.

We all have a right to education and we all have the right to choose our field of interest!
We won’t be told that our subjects are of ‘less value’ or ‘bogus’. As a student who took Psychology at A level and is now continuing it at university, I can tell you that this ‘Pseudo science’ as suggested by many is just as valuable and just as difficult in terms of content as any maths or science degree.

The devaluation of subjects by our country’s wealthiest and ‘elite’ population is something that cannot continue, this government is ever increasing its progression towards an elitist culture in which its poorest and most vulnerable are ideologically attacked, systematically and without remorse.

When you look at this government and the things the anti cuts movement are combating, is it really so hard to believe that the systematic assault by the richest minority on the poorest majority in this country is simply a smaller piece of a greater Elitist culture?

We are fighting for your right to education, we are fighting for your right to individuality and we are fighting for your right to equality. We are fighting because we are passionate that everyone deserves these things, we are fighting for school kids, college kids, university students, mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, lecturers and the whole of this country.

We won’t be ignored and we won’t be silenced.
Solidarity and good health.

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  1. Council Worker says:

    “Countries richest hate humanities and arts”
    More precisely, they think that humanities and the arts are wasted on us plebs, but just the ticket when it comes to ruling us. A run-down of the higher education of the current Cabinet (first degree / other higher ed course only)shows that just two of them have science degrees; law and land management seem quite popular (no comment); and – surprise,surprise – Oxbridge is over-represented. Of course, most of them are millionaire public school boys and girls too…

    Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service

    The Rt Hon David Cameron MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Deputy Prime Minister, Lord President of the Council (with special responsibility for political and constitutional reform)

    The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP: Social Anthropology at Cambridge.
    Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – The Rt Hon William Hague MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Minister of State – Jeremy Browne MP: Politics at Nottingham.
    Minister of State – David Lidington MP: History at Cambridge.
    Minister of State – The Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford: MA from Cambridge (Wikipedia doesn’t say what in).
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Henry Bellingham MP: Law at Cambridge.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Alistair Burt MP: Law at Oxford.
    HM Treasury

    Chancellor of the Exchequer – The Rt Hon George Osborne MP: Modern History at Oxford.
    Chief Secretary to the Treasury – The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Financial Secretary – Mark Hoban MP: Economics at the LSE.
    Exchequer Secretary – David Gauke MP: Law at Oxford.
    Economic Secretary – Justine Greening MP: Economics at Southampton.
    Commercial Secretary – Sir James Sassoon: Oxford, couldn’t find out what.
    Ministry of Justice

    Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice – The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP: Law at Cambridge.
    Minister of State – The Rt Hon Lord McNally (and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords): UCL, don’t know what degree.
    Minister of State – Nick Herbert MP (jointly with the Home Office): Law and Land Economy at Cambridge.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Crispin Blunt MP: Politics at Durham.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Jonathan Djanogly MP: Law and Politics at Oxford Poly.
    Home Office

    Secretary of State for the Home Department; and Minister for Women and Equalities – The Rt Hon Theresa May MP: Geography at Oxford.
    Minister of State (Minister for Immigration) – Damian Green MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Minister of State (Minister for Security) – Baroness Neville-Jones: Modern History at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – James Brokenshire MP: Law at Exeter.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Equalities) – Lynne Featherstone MP: Diploma in Communication and Design at Oxford Poly.
    Ministry of Defence

    Secretary of State for Defence – The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP: Medicine at University of Glasgow Medical School (first scientist so far).
    Minister of State (Minister for the Armed Forces) – Nick Harvey MP: Business Studies at Middlesex Poly (first business person so far).
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Gerald Howarth MP: unknown BA from Southampton.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Andrew Robathan MP: Modern History at Oxford.
    Parliamentary under Secretary of State – Peter Luff MP: Economics at Cambridge.
    Parliamentary under Secretary of State* – Lord Astor of Hever DL: No degree recorded.
    Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and President of the Board of Trade – The Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP: Natural Sciences and Economics at Cambridge.
    Minister of State (Minister for Universities and Science) – David Willetts MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Minister of State – John Hayes MP: Politics at Nottingham.
    Minister of State – Mark Prisk MP: Land Management at Reading.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Edward Davey MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – The Hon Ed Vaizey MP (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport): History at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Baroness Wilcox: Plymouth Poly, degree unknown.
    Department for Work and Pensions

    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP: No degree.
    Minister of State – Chris Grayling MP: History at Cambridge.
    Minister of State – Steve Webb MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Maria Miller MP: Economics at the LSE.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Welfare Reform) – Lord Freud: Oxford, degree unknown.
    Department of Energy and Climate Change

    Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – The Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Minister of State – Gregory Barker MP: History and Politics at Royal Holloway.
    Minister of State – Charles Hendry MP: Business Studies at Edinburgh.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Marland: no degree.
    Department of Health

    Secretary of State for Health – The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE MP: Politics at Exeter.
    Minister of State – Paul Burstow MP: Business Studies at South Bank Poly.
    Minister of State – Simon Burns MP: Modern History at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Anne Milton MP: no degree.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Earl Howe: Classics at Oxford (first classicist so far, slightly surprisingly).
    Department for Education

    Secretary of State for Education – The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP: English at Oxford (bleh!).
    Minister of State – Sarah Teather MP: Natural Sciences at Cambridge.
    Minister of State – Nick Gibb MP: Law at Durham.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Tim Loughton MP: Classical Civilisation at Warwick (followed by a stint of research into Mesopotamian Archeology at Cambridge)
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Jonathan Hill: History at Cambridge.
    Department for Communities and Local Government

    Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP: Law Society qualifying exams at Leeds Poly.
    Minister of State – Greg Clark MP: Economics at Cambridge.
    Minister of State – Grant Shapps MP: HND in Business and Finance at Manchester Poly.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Andrew Stunell OBE MP: Architecture at Manchester and Liverpool Poly.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Bob Neill MP: LSE, degree unknown.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Baroness Hanham CBE: unknown.
    Department for Transport

    Secretary of State for Transport – The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Minister of State – Theresa Villiers MP: Bachelor of Laws at Bristol.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Norman Baker MP: German and History at Royal Holloway.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Mike Penning MP: no degree.
    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – The Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP: European Studies at Queen Mary.
    Minister of State – James Paice MP: National Diploma in Agriculture at Writtle Agricultural college.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Richard Benyon MP: Royal Agricultural College, presumably similar qualification to above.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Henley: Durham, degree unknown.
    Department for International Development

    Secretary of State for International Development – The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP: History at Cambridge.
    Minister of State – Alan Duncan MP: Politics and Economics at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Stephen O’Brien MP: Law at Cambridge.
    Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport – The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – John Penrose MP: Law at Cambridge.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Hugh Robertson MP: Land Management at Reading.
    Northern Ireland Office

    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP: History at Cambridge.
    Minister of State – Hugo Swire MP: St Andrews, degree unknown.
    Scotland Office

    Secretary of State for Scotland – Michael Moore MP: Politics and Modern History at Edinburgh.
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – David Mundell MP: Law at Edinburgh.
    Wales Office

    Secretary of State for Wales – The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP: No degree (attended College of Law)
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – David Jones MP: Law (probably) at UCL.
    Minister without Portfolio (Minister of State)

    The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi: Law at Leeds.
    Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

    Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – The Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde: BA in something or other at UEA.
    Office of the Leader of the Commons

    Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal – The Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Secretary (Deputy Leader) – David Heath CBE MP: Physiological Sciences at Oxford.
    Cabinet Office

    Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General – The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP: Law (again, presumably) at Cambridge.
    Minister of State (providing policy advice to the Prime Minister in the Cabinet Office) – The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP: Philosophy and History at Cambridge.
    Parliamentary Secretary – Mark Harper MP: PPE at Oxford.
    Parliamentary Secretary – Nick Hurd MP: Oxford, degree unknown.

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