Well, progressives have that one down pat:
Children should be given more say in the running of their schools, England's Children's Commissioner says.Why, yes, of course that’ll work…
Dr Maggie Atkinson also calls for their voices to be heard when education policy and other laws affecting them are changed.That’s the same convention that’s plastered the high street with the nonsensical ‘Children have a RIGHT to play!’ posters?
She adds that they have a right to be heard under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Well, they can safely be ignored, then.
Speaking at the annual lecture of education charity National Education Trust, in London, Dr Atkinson said she wanted a system where children and young people were taken seriously in the running of their schools.Why stop at schools? Why not let them have a say in council discussions on rates rises, or traffic management?
I mean, they don’t know any more about that than they do about running a school, but hey, think big, Maggie!
She said: "The quality of just about every setting, in and beyond schools, can be richly informed, I dare to say improved, if the voice of the child or young person has a legitimate place and they know it will be heard, whether or not they always get what they say they want.Frankly, I think we hear far too much from ‘children and young persons’…
Dr Atkinson quoted Article 3 of the UN Convention: "Everything we do must have the child's best interests at heart."Welcome to the brave new world, comrades!
She added: "If that means adapting to issues through the eyes of the child, so be it.
"The demands of this article on the adaptation of our professional practice should not be underestimated as we change laws on education, and on its inspection and regulation."
Surely the unions will have something to say to protect their members’ interests?
General secretary of the Nasuwt teaching union Chris Keates said giving students a voice in school could be an extremely powerful aid to learning.Oh. Guess not.
She added: "Unfortunately, all too frequently the Nasuwt has encountered practice in some schools which can only be described as the abuse of student voice.Riiiiiiight. The only possible drawback to this that you can see is the potential for pupils to be used as informants against poor teaching methods…
"Children and young people under the guise of student voice are manipulated and used as a management tool to monitor teaching staff.
"Feedback from young people is manipulated to undermine individual teachers. Pupils are used inappropriately to observe classroom practice and to interview staff."
Is it any wonder that education is doomed in this country?