2004

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1325  Monday, 21 June 2004

From:           Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 20 Jun 2004 15:51:26 +0000
Subject:        Thus comes the English with full power upon us.

Education, education, education, is the mantra of the current
ultra-right wing UK government. Their watchdog, the Qualification and
Curriculum Board, has just instructed examining bodies to set the
English test pass mark at 41% growls the deeply liberal Telegraph
newspaper. A marker complains that the texts set are so simplistic they
resemble police report writing.

Firstly, 41% got a decent 2.i. in my time. Moreover, Shakespeare writted
good cop writing, Secondarily, the pass mark has fallen by 16% over 8
years but the failure rate remains substantial. Sixt and lastly, all the
kids will get a good grade now. Thirdly, the Edukashun Sekratory will be
able to blare out the great pass rate improvement. And to conclude, move
along now, there's nothing more to see.

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