Saturday, 15 March 2014

You Just Can’t Win, Can You?

In Australia, Verity Firth & Rebecca Huntley think you must sacrifice your child’s educational success to the socialist agenda to keep the dream of state schooling alive:
If anxious parents take their kids out of the local school, it starts to do worse, forcing more worried families to depart. New families then bypass the local school altogether, either sending their children to an out of area government school or to non-government options. But, the local school will only improve if these families stay and new families join the school. There is some recognition among the public that with parents pulling their kids out of the public system, that system suffers. If enough parents persisted with the public system to improve it, then the benefits would flow.
Meanwhile, in England, Michele Hanson will treat your decision to use state schooling with contempt, as a mere publicity stunt:
The Goves have got their daughter into Grey Coat Hospital School. First choice on their list. What do they want? Praise? … Give me strength. Grey Coat is the highest performing and most over-subscribed state school in Westminster (1,036 applicants for 150 places). It is religiously selective and single-sex and the Fair Admissions Campaign, which opposes faith-based selection, says the school is one of the least socially inclusive in the country.
Make up your minds!


Anonymous said...


Michele one thought just how many members of the population give a flying fuck about your thoughts, if you were alone on a desert island you would be writing messages in a bottle to the Guardian complaining that your 'right to food' had been violated and what the UN going to do about.

Antisthenes said...

The answer of course is so obvious that anyone with politically left leaning sympathies are bound to fail to to see it. That is of course to take the provision of education away from government (like so many other things that should be) and put it into the private sector. The public sector has a long history of failure with little in the way of success. Whereas the private sector has quite the opposite. And at least in the private sector failure is quickly punished and lessons learned from it the same cannot be said for the public sector. Funding of course would then be a mixture of private and public dependent on individual means to pay.

Lynne at Counting Cats said...

Grey Coat is the highest performing and most over-subscribed state school in Westminster...

And why is that a problem, I ask myself?

"...the school is one of the least socially inclusive in the country.

It's a successful comprehensive school that can take the pick of the crop. No wonder lefties hate it. But not as exclusive nor as publicity stuntish as the private City of London school attended by Divan Abbot's son, eh Michele?

Anonymous said...

Back in the 50s in the Uk the public sector teaching was good even though the school buildings were decrepid.
There were signs of impending trouble.The new teachers "call me bob" wanted to be friends.