Today’s ‘Vision for UK Research‘ document sets out the recommendations for the future of research in the UK. More worrying is the report that the raw material that will be turned into those researchers, a fifth of primary school pupils are failing in English & Maths.
The Vision for UK Research document goes to great lengths to compare the UK to China, but if you look at primary education , and I have first hand experience, the UK SATS test only requires a level of knowledge that many Chinese children would be expected to have by the age of eight.
If the UK is to be serious about science, it needs a coherent science strategy covering the entire chain from primary school to grown up entrepreneurs. No amount of grand schemes will work if a growing proportion of the population is illiterate and innumerate.