Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Misleading Headline

The Daily Telegraph's main story is ... Middle classes abandon state schools.

Phew. Let's look at the figures they quote:

Figures from the Department for Children, Schools and Families showed that on average, 7.1 per cent of 11- to 15-year-olds were taught in independent schools in 2004. But by this year the proportion had risen to 7.3 per cent - a total of 232,620 pupils.

There was also a rise in the number of primary-school age children in private education over the three-year period, from 5.5 per cent to 5.6 per cent - a total of 199,030 pupils.

So there's been changes of 0.1 or 0.2 percent. Not quite an 'abandonment' then.


Jo A said...

Three points:

1. What are you reading the Telegraph for?

2. The figures have always been 7% in private school education - always have and probably always will be! Seems like one of those 'magic figures' of life...

3. All the comments on this supposed 'change' in 0.1 or 0.2%, including our own Laws is highly highly misleading and plays not against the government, but against state education as a whole entity in itself.

Highly damaging for state education indeed. Shows how phrasing something just slightly differently can shed a whole new slant on somthing.

Jo A said...

One grammatical error, a punctuation mistake and a typo to boot!

Very damaging for state education indeed!!!

Chris Black said...

I read the Telegraph online (and the Guardian)

Some of the columnists there - particularly Janet Daley - irritate me.

But I'd find it hard to get through the day without seeing their cartoons.

Jo A said...

Well, you're in very good company as I think Jeremy Browne MP reads the telegraph.

Can't beat the Times for cartoons myself.


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