Reporting on the decision to cancel this year’s Higher and Advanced higher exams in the interests of fairness, BBC Radio 4 this morning offered the most disgraceful example of reporting.
Using two critical sources, passively accepting their tirades and neither challenging them nor interviewing any balancing sources, this contravened their published editorial guidelines and their charter requiring them to inform and to educate.
We heard from Dorothy McGinty head teacher of a fee-paying girls’ school describing the situation as ‘chaotic‘ and that regular provider of anti-SNP soundbites,Lindsay Paterson, agreeing with the description. Paterson then goes on to tell us that England is doing lots of things well and that Scotland is reluctant to learn from them!
Paterson’s astonishing tirade accuses the Scottish Government of failing the pupils but does not repeat his usual choice of ‘betrayal’:
Paterson and the Scottish media love a bit of Old Testament betrayal. In 2018, he wrote:
Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: the betrayal of a whole generation?
and in the Daily Mail that same year:
Curriculum for Excellence ‘will betray children.’
And in the Mail again in 2019 just
Readers may remember Glasgow director of education, Maureen McKenna describing that as ‘guff.‘ https://www.tes.com/news/its-guff-scottish-education-terrible
Why was the Scottish Government not given a right of reply?
Kilgraston is a Catholic boarding school.