AS I listened to a report that pupils are increasingly truanting from schools, it struck me that what we do to children today is akin to what our 18th century Navy did to find recruits we press-gang them. In the name of education, we force teenagers to attend schools, an experience they regard as an unendurable tedium and a waste of time.
Too many British schools are just plain dreadful. The governments only idea is to pour in more money. I think it is time we gave pupils the dignity of choice. In the VIth form it ought to be the students own choice this would naturally be informed by family affinities and priorities.
Radical is one of those words so worn out by overuse it is stale but my proposal is authentically radical. Let us convert every school into a business. Let every teacher become an entrepreneur. The state, which means local authorities, should get out of schooling altogether.
Imagine an educational market in which the customers reigned not the LEA bureaucrats.
It is part of our shared British mental furniture that we assume private schooling is exclusively for the affluent. We need to shatter this. It is the families with the most modest incomes that would be most enhanced by selling off ever