A pioneering virtual school could be set to break the "cycle of poverty” in Wirral by giving teenage mums extra support.And just how will a ‘virtual school’ do that? Come to think of it, just how are you defining ‘poverty’?
The new scheme – Springboard – was proposed to the council's cabinet by Birkenhead Labour MP Frank Field on Thursday night.
He wants to establish a free school which will teach young people parenting skills and ensure children are ready for their first day of school.So, government indoctrination centres providing more work for state employees servicing the growing underclass?
It is hoped the project would begin during the early stages of pregnancy and would go some way to halting the cycle of "intergenerational poverty."
Nice way to dress it up, Frank…
"During the first years of a child’s development, their life chances are determined – particularly those from the poorest backgrounds.Rather than try to deal with the problems caused by a ‘no responsibility’, ‘money for nothing’ culture, why not simply bring that culture to a screaming halt?
"We want to work with parents when their baby is still in the womb to make them more useful than they would otherwise be.
"Although this would be a virtual school, it would still have a governing body and we would hope all parties would be a part of that.
"It will be very much a Wirral project of cutting edge ideas – no-one has done it before and it thinking very much outside of the box."
Under the proposals, the school will operate from a number of centres with its headquarters based at Tranmere Community Centre and the most vulnerable mothers and children would gain enhanced support.Jobs for all! And not just in the Wirral, either…
And the Birkenhead Education Trust, which will run Springboard, is also working with St Anselm’s College and Prenton High School on a pilot scheme to find out how parenting skills can be integrated into the curriculum.
If successful, Springboard is expected to be rolled out across the country to improve skills among young people and create better life chances for future generations.And create well-paid sinecures for public sector staff, of course.
Is it just me, or is there a core of people intent on farming the underclass like cows? And I don’t believe we’ve a shortage of cows…
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