I’m interested in methods by which the UK’s education system can be prevented from sliding down the plughole.I refer to falling PISA rankings, evidence that employers are giving remedial education in literacy and numeracy, and a general impression that large numbers are leaving the state system without marketable skills (an impression backed up by anecdotal evidence from employers, reported in the media, and the occasional first hand view of teaching).I read many attacks on Gove’s reforms and wonder why critics don’t appear to devise positive plans themselves. I’m convinced there’s a serious problem. I get the impression Gove is trying to tackle the problem but I sense that he’s meeting considerable destructive resistance from critics and unions.I’m perplexed that the post above attempts to link NI staff bribery of police with school reform. Is there a relevant connection, or is it an example of the destructive resistance I refer to?