Apparently GCSE results have improved at all grades for the first time since 1996. This would be great news if there was any evidence of these new super youth on the streets.
The average teenager has trouble stringing a sentence together, if lying in bed half the day and fiddling about with a mobile phone the other half is a sign of intelligence, then the world is moving in a strange direction.
So what are these young Einsteins doing? Working in bars or waiting tables does not require a genius.
Education is important and encouraging teenagers to take their schooling seriously is the duty of a good parent, boasting your child is above average because of a worthless piece of paper, is not going to help them when faced with the real world.
Every parent thinks their child is special, but ignoring their failings just encourages underachieving. GCSEs are not worth the paper they are written on, if potential employers are faced with the reality, a morose, incoherent teenager.