I was recently contacted by Joseph Reynolds, the parent who campaigned against the decision of his daughter’s comprehensive to dump Shakespeare from the GCSE English curriculum in favour of The Simpsons.

Toby Young on the dumbing down of state education

Michael Gove has set about trying to reverse this trend and, needless to say, the educational establishment is fighting him every inch of the way. He’s even allowing existing grammar schools to expand by setting up satellite schools in other parts of the country, something that’s bound to be met with hysterical opposition. He deserves our support if we’re to raise standards in the state sector and create a playing field that is more level, both for the children of the rich and of the poor.

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.