Someone really needs to update The Telegraph‘s style guide. An new article entitled ‘China’s poorest beat our best pupils‘ writes that, apparently contrary to everyone’s expectations, students in China are quite smart. And then the condescension gets cranked up to 11.
The article outs itself pretty early, as the second line shows:
The children of factory workers and cleaners in parts of the Far East are more than a year ahead of the offspring of British doctors and lawyers, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Ah yes, “parts of the Far East.” The Orient, where everyone who doesn’t work in a coal mine either runs a dry cleaning shop or assembles your iPhone.
The Telegraph article is based on this year’s OECD education stats which, as we covered at the time, are hugely skewed due to China’s refusal to publish the data on any region other than the city of Shanghai. Instead of comparing London and Shanghai, therefore, the OECD compared the entire UK with Shanghai, which isn’t exactly fair.
That is still no excuse for this article, which includes fantastic quotes like, “They have a can-do attitude to maths, which contrasts with the long-term anti-maths culture that exists here,” and “Across the world, children whose parents work in professional careers generally outperform those in elementary jobs such as caterers, cleaners, factory workers and labourers.”
The fact that “Far Eastern” students from working-class families are starting to do well in school is, undoubtedly, a sign of the coming apocalypse.