BBC LINK Oxford Professor Richard Pring issued a clarion call for the return of an emphasis on 'teaching' to education instead of an endless struggle to deliver 'measurables'. One thing in particular his report highlighted was that even those remaining vocational paths left to kids tend to try and shoehorn them into an academic model for learning, which may or may not be suitable for kids. Personally, I think he's hit the nail on the head. Certain subjects are best learned by doing, not by reading; certain people learn best by doing stuff, not by reading about it. The UK seems to have closed down any route to learning other than the academic one; couple it with the government's determination that everyone will get an academic degree and it's not too hard to see where the temptation to 'dumb down' comes from. Where I think he's missed an opportunity (probably due to the gallery he was playing to) was in not extending his analysis to professional vocational subject such as teaching or nursing.