Prince Charles Was Right


British politicians and journalists roundly criticized the Prince of Wales in November for his comments about Britain’s educational system. Many misinterpreted his comments to mean that people should “stick to their lot in life” and “know their place,” which the prince neither said nor meant. Others ridiculed the prince’s own credentials as a “son of privilege.”

Lost in the fuss is that what Prince Charles actually wrote in the leaked memo is essentially true. “What is wrong with everyone nowadays?” he asked. “Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their actual capabilities? This is all to do with the learning culture in schools—the child-centered learning emphasis which admits of no failure and tells people that they can all be pop stars or High Court judges or brilliant tv personalities or even infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work, effort or having natural ability. It is the result of ‘social utopianism.’”

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