So Gordon Brown wants to raise the amount of capital funds for each state school pupil to the level seen in private schools. Education problem solved, eh? Some of us received our early education in classes of forty five, in schools with outside lavatories, double desks bolted to the floor, pre-war textbooks (the Piers Plowman Histories) and no story books. Somehow most of us became literate and numerate. Now we see schools packed with computers and able to literally throw away perfectly good books if they are more than ten years old (proof supplied on request). Where are the vast improvements in skills? There are other reasons for the success of private schools than money and the government would do better to look at these than to throw more money into the system and continue failing children in state schools.