Starting about 1970 around the world, though we did not know it was around the world at the time, the lower standard of education came in, from the “let them run a little” open-plan, big coloured pictures and fewer exercises to the renamed exams and their debasing of the cognitive at the same time.
If your final year of school was 1967 to 1969, somewhere in there, or before, you had the old style of education with all its values. In junior or primary school, you chanted tables and learnt twenty spelling words for the day.
People at least outwardly had a bit of dignity – sit up straight, pull your stomach in, look at me while I’m talking, close your mouth when you eat, don’t swear, there are ladies present.
Then, bit by bit, in came the new culture, firstly from Leary’s and Woolf”s age range, through to Johnny Rotten, acid house, raves and designer drugs, not to mention the regulation Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.…