Long on work, short on life
Part of the problem is the focus on vocational betterment.Employers are more readily convinced of the need to give time (and money?) if they think their staff will become more productive or more enterprising. Education for education's sake is much harder to promote, and the Government's paper barely makes the effort.
The long delay in producing the statement must be attributed to the need to wait for such initiatives as the Scottish University for Industry and the outcome of the comprehensive spending review rather than abstruse wrestling with a philosophy of lifelong learning. Progress towards the detailed targets among the 10 points will be welcome, especially in a sector of education where ambition has frequently outstripped attainability. But we could do with a bit more of the "lifelong".