The Myth of Choice

Education has been a political football for decades. Successive governments have constantly interfered, and all have blamed hard working teachers for their own policy failures. They have been aided in this by their unaccountable liebstandarte, Ofsted.

The current incumbent, Michael Gove, seems to be the worst yet. For all the politicians’ trumpeting the idea of “choice”, he ignores it whenever it’s inconvenient. Take the recent case of a London school turned into an academy: Despite 96% of parents being opposed to the move, Gove forced it through anyway. (See Twitter link above). You can have as much choice as you want as long as you agree with me. The Henry Ford school of education.

This makes it clear that it has nothing whatever to do with parental choice. It’s yet another example of this government’s unstated policy of dismantling the public sector and privatising what remains. Academy schools are outside local council control, and are therefore accountable to noone, except perhaps the shareholders of the sponsoring businesses.

I for one do not want my public services run by a business or for private profit, and I want them free from political interference. Regulators must also act in a fair and impartial way. It is high time teachers were praised and supported for the hard work they do, not demonised for the incompetance of politicians.


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