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Two decades of upheaval have hit Scotland hard

The country's slide down the international rankings is hardly surprising, given all the years of ill-judged changes to our education system

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The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) rankings indicate Scotland’s worst-ever overall performance for reading, maths and science, suggesting that the country is far from being the world leader in education that it once was.

And it is little wonder. The Scottish education system has endured two decades of change, which many would say have taken us backwards instead of forwards. Just about everything that was introduced and lauded as “groundbreaking” and “world-class” has, in fact, been shown to be highly flawed.

The broad general education that pupils receive during ...

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