Like many people, I have enjoyed seeing elite athletes at the Olympics push beyond the recent boundaries of human athletic achievement by creating new world records in many disciplines.
It seems, however, that improved achievement may not be all that it seems.
The current crop of Scotland's school students have taken their collective academic achievements beyond that of previous years. This is not deemed to be real improvement, but the result of "dumbing down", according to Tory education spokesman Liz Smith.
I would have thought it was not beyond the realms of possibility that with the capitalist economy in crisis, school students are applying themselves in the manner that one would expect Tory "philosophers" to encourage, ie working hard to get the best results they can so that they will have an improved chance of employment or a place in training or higher education.
Maybe I'm wrong to think that. Perhaps Ms Smith could do me the favour of going down to the Olympic stadium and the velodrome and measuring out the tracks. I have a suspicion they've cut the distances. How else could these athletes continually do better?
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