“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
In the most recent annual review conducted by OFSTED, Michael Wilshaw has once more come out shooting from the lip. There is of course an irony that as Wilshaw damns the schools of the nation for “mediocrity“, he absences the one quango with the most power to facilitate change – for good or ill – his very own organisation. This irony was brilliantly put by Matthew Taylor, from the RSA, here. One crucial observation made by Wilshaw, with little evidence beyond anecdote as I can detect, was that there should be a return of national tests at 7 and 14. This will, apparently, usher in the return of a rigour that can help us return to the top of international edu-league tables. Only, like much of Wilshaw’s headline-friendly utterances, once the dust has settled from his personal policy suggestions, his ideas appear to be all bombast and little ballast for our schools.