"What is wrong with people nowadays? Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities. ... This is all to do with the learning culture in schools. It is a consequence of the child-centred system which admits no failure and tells people they can all be pop stars, High Court judges, brilliant TV presenters or even infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary effort or having abilities. It's social utopianism... ."
My impression is that the British are sometimes even harder on their educational system than Americans. Let's see, of the possible messages for schools to send to students, which is best:
A. You can be anything you want to be.
B. You have strengths and opportunities and, with optimism and effort, you can have a productive and happy life.
C. You have weaknesses and shortcomings, and these are the most important things about you.
D. You are a victim of your culture and deserve more than you are getting.
Ok, ok. These are a bit skewed. But, of all of them, I'd suggest "B" is the one we send less often. It's also the one that carries the greatest implicit demand on schools and teachers, and on all of us to support them. Causal connection? I think so.