We want schools with kids like ours
In the Times Janice Turner points out that some sections of the population - Catholics, Muslims, Jews - have the right to demand the school community in which their children will learn. Middle class parents are denied the same right by bureaucrats, going to extreme lengths to frustrate them. Is this discrimination fair or acceptable?
Read her article with the following link:
Schools with kids like ours
Unafraid to repeat myself, I made the following comment:
The nonsense of school lotteries is pure Stalinism. We have the ruthless central direction, the total denial of consumer choice and the characteristic arbitrary application, with other sections of the population, who count for more in the eyes of the administrators spared their impositions. All this tells us that the gratuitous interference of local authorities in education must end.
The future lies in smaller community schools, offering freedom of choice. With bureaucrats banished they will be developed by parental and local involvement. They will not be privileged, because the specialist area of the curriculum will be organised over a partnership grouping of a number of schools, with equal access gained by ability and commitment.
These are not new ideas but we need self confidence and commitment to achieve them, freed from the dinosaurs of the past.
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