This wonderful article has nothing to do with literacy but everything to do with education. I often wonder why the UK is so negative about education that isn’t academic, especially at the secondary level. This article is about post-secondary education but many of the ideas apply to the level below.
This one line jumped out at me:
The well-founded pride of the tradesman is far from the gratuitous “self-esteem” that educators would impart to students, as though by magic.