The Coalition Government Conservative Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove dictates terms, created for Tribune Magazine.
The minister's dictatorial style often translates as populist rhetoric that goes down well with much of the electorate, but is seen as naive, irresponsible and ignorant ranting from those who actually work in the education sector. His claims of back to basics and old-fashioned learning styles are at odds with the government's own schools' watchdog Ofsted which would roundly lambast any teacher or school even hinting at teaching in the style proposed by the minister. Many benefited from the old style examination assessments rather than coninous assessmentn grading, but the days of rote learning and all qualifications based on final examinations are gone, which all leads back to his proclamations being only politicking and without any real substance.
Since the editorial was created he has lost his job and instead now acts as the Conservative's Chief Whip and it is strongly rumoured that it was his spat with the Home Secretary Theresa May, who many see as untouchable with the party, that resulted in his demotion in recent reshuffle and not post-election promotion to Justice Minister.