Tales from the confessional
In reality, while neither would have known it at the time (The TES Scotland is always happy to be of service), Mr McConnell and Mrs Wilson were both expressing their frustrations - with commendable honesty - at the failure of many schools to move up from the bottom rung of the attainment ladder.
It is debatable whether this is ever going to be possible until "poverty is history", as the First Minister was urging this week (page three). However, we do not wish to be accused of determinism ourselves.
Perhaps the brightest chink of the week was the fulsome judgment of HMI upon East Renfrewshire Council (page five). Dotted by leafy suburbs it may be, but the authority has some "challenging" pockets into which it appears to be making significant inroads in terms of the have-nots catching up with the haves. The Education Minister has invited the authority to tell everybody how it is done. Are there any lessons for others?