The Christmas edition of the Economist had something on the birth of the tabloid press. There was a great line in quote from a treatise on the British press by an unknown author in 1824 that went, ‘the people of these kingdoms have been an inquisitive, prying, doubting and reading people’.
I suspect this line should be painted on the walls of every school. It’s exactly what UK education should aspire to. What better aim for education than that we become an ‘inquisitive, prying, doubting and reading people’!