Kevin Donnelly, Straya's favourite/unfavourite educationalist depending on which political party you barrack for, was in yesterday's Australian banging on again about our dumb youngsters. Now, it's true many of my students "are unable to read, write and think" - you should see some of the illiterate scribbling I have to negotiate - but with the assistance of a red pen you take that in your stride. Some are actually quite intelligent. No, what puzzles me is that even the clever ones know next to rock-all about STUFF. To them, I'm a proper genius because I know a mile is longer than a kilometre, or that Augustus was the first Roman emperor, or that the Miami Dolphins play in the NFL, or that Sweden is a type of vegetable. It's astounding what little they know in the way of facts, places, history, dates, THINGS. Yes, the argument's always been whether or not you need to know knowledge, but when one student said to me this morning "Tone, it would be good if England won a test" I knew how Sysyphus felt.