Do they feel any shame at this shocking outcome? Of course not. One of the beauties of being on the left is never having to say you're sorry. As long as intentions are well meant, outcomes are irrelevant.
There's clearly a cultural battle going on in the UK with a review under way about the shocking state of academic standards at GCSE level. Business needs educated, sharp recruits in order to compete in an ever smaller, more competitive world.
That the UK's education system has failed the last generation is well documented. This idea that self-esteem is enhanced by having students 'progress' in spite of not meeting required standards at the end of each year has been powerfully destructive.
The number of teenagers failing their GCSEs will soar as a government drive to raise standards makes the exams harder, education chiefs have warned.If you didn't read it then you wouldn't believe it.
Candidates will not be awarded a C grade or better unless they pass new "functional skills" tests in English and maths under moves designed to ensure pupils master the three Rs.
But England's biggest exam board - AQA - warned a generation of teenagers would suffer a "grave injustice" when GCSEs become more difficult as a result.The previous generation has already been inflicted with a "grave injustice". At some point things have to improve.
Pupils will struggle to compete for jobs and university places against school-leavers who achieved better grades in previous years, the board said.No they won't. If you understand how these positions are assessed then you know things like different standards across years and schools are taken into account.
AQA deputy director general Andrew Bird said the functional skills tests would effectively "change the standard" of GCSEs.Amazing!
"From our modelling, it will suppress the pass rate at A*-C at GCSE," he said.
This suggests that many pupils currently achieve Cs without mastering what the Government believes are "the basics" of literacy and numeracy.
In written evidence to the Commons schools select committee, AQA said reforms were "a major concern".Well distort them, then!
The significant "change in GCSE standards" in English and maths would distort school league tables, the board said.
It is unbelievable that the whole reason for opposing higher standards relates to not making people feel bad rather than actually achieve positive results.
That's the cultural left for you.