School lotteries should be introduced to combat "white flight" from inner-city comprehensives, according to researchers.Hmmm, according to ‘researchers’, eh? Where from?
Local authorities such as Blackburn, Bolton and Oldham should consider using the controversial system to address racial segregation in the classroom, it was suggested.
Another quango, of course: the Institute for Community Cohesion.
Nick Johnson, policy director at the institute, which is part-funded by local authorities and several universities, said: "If you did that in Blackburn or Bolton or Oldham, it would have a dramatic effect on the schools' composition.Yeah, there’s that word ‘if’ again. But it’s just breezed over - of course everybody accepts that all forms of segregation are bad, don’t they? Who could possibly deny it?
Brighton was trying to do it to stop class segregation, and if you accept the argument that all forms of segregation in education are bad, you do need to do something about it."
Even if lots of people do argue that comprehensive schooling (and the practice of mainstreaming children with learning difficulties in particular) hasn’t been a wild success, Nicky isn’t hearing them.
Nicky has an agenda to push:
He added: "'White flight' is certainly happening in specific areas of England. In the case of one school in Blackburn, once the number of non-white pupils got above 60 per cent, white parents started saying they did not want their kids being the odd ones out. You can understand why that happens, but we are not particularly happy that it is happening."Who cares if you’re not happy, Nicky?
Other people’s children aren’t provided to you like chess pieces on a board to shuffle around and make you happy, are they? To arrange so that you have a perfect rainbow of smiling multicultural moppets like a 70s Coke commercial?
They are there to get the best education possible.
And if the immigration policies are making that harder, then of course their parents are going to change schools to improve their children’s chances:
Researchers cited the case of one unnamed school where 85 per cent of pupils were white British at the end of 2005. Over the next six months, pupils from 15 to 20 Somali families were admitted, said the study.How dare they? How very dare they, eh, Nicky?
"Many white parents reacted negatively, arguing that their children were being disadvantaged by large numbers of non-English speakers," it found. "By September 2006, 60 white children had been removed from the school... and the percentage of black and minority ethnic pupils rose to 45 per cent.
Fancy spoiling your dreams of a multicultural paradise by deciding that a school struggling to cope with a huge influx of children with special language needs might not present the best possible opportunity for their own children, and being unwilling to sacrifice their educational future to the cause…
Because who could object to diversity, with its numerous benefits?
The report said that segregation reduced opportunities for young people to mix with their peers from different backgrounds.Oh, yes. Those well known opportunities to be stabbed, raped, robbed and beaten.
If Nicky has children, I wonder where they go to school? And with whom?