A question being asked in the newspapers today:
"How can any academic institution make a selection of candidates for university courses based on the perceived social class of the parents?"
In a fierce attack, the Professional Association of Teachers called for the Government to halt its drive towards so-called "social engineering".
Peter Morris, chairman of the PAT in Wales, accused ministers of "Creating barriers in education based on social class".
Addressing the union's annual conference in Harrogate, he said: "I am angry because this Government has interfered with my children and their children's chances of getting a good education in this country. They have changed the ways that examinations are assessed, and clearly this has had a 'dumbing down' effect on the academic standards, in order to get more pupils to achieve."
Under new rules, teenagers applying for university will be asked to say whether their parents have degrees in an attempt to attract more students from poor homes. But Mr Morris insisted it amounted to discrimination against middle-class pupils.
Courses such as physics, chemistry and maths have been replaced with "non-academic" degrees such as "surfing, beauty therapy, knitwear, circus skills, pig enterprise management, death studies, air guitar, David Beckham studies and wine studies", he said.
So should Labour's tinkering with social engineering reach into the university system? It was revealed this week that the country is lacking 500,000 apprentices becauses the government insists in directing non-academic children towards university rather than recognising one of the more obvious facts of life, that some of us are better suited to careers that involve vital practical skills; using our hands, for well-paid plumbing and building work, rather than seeking a useless quasi"soft degree" from an inner-city polytechnic renamed as a university.
It was also disclosed this week that applications for "complementary" medicine are up more than 31 per cent this year, while there has been a 19 per cent fall in applications to study anatomy, physiology and pathology.
A spokesman for the newly-formed Department for Children, Schools and Families said: "We are ensuring every child has the best possible start in life and the opportunity to succeed - nobody can argue with that!"
Ed: What do you think, social engineering and dumbing-down of our children of the worst kind or a brave leap towards a more equal opportunity society?