Thursday, 22 April 2010

Only The Tories Are Listening to Parents


Something struck me yesterday about that whole SATS hoo haa, with education unions about to boycott them, and it was this. In all the news coverage that I saw, not one reporter had thought to ask any of the people who really do count when it comes to education, namely, the 'customers': parents and children. The teachers' and Heads' views are all very well and the benefits or deficiencies of SATS testing is still very much moot.

What's unacceptable is the idea that teachers and Heads, as much as the (Labour) politicians themselves, believe that they can just do what they like without even considering the possibility that the one group they should be consulting, parents (and children, to a certain extent, although I have a fairly old-fashioned view about pupil power), should be sounded-out.

The letter to the Guardian today signed by 650 parents groups, criticising the excruciating Balls and his Labour chums for rubbishing Tory plans for the deregulation of the entire school system, will prove this reality to every sane person. Every sane person, that is, apart from the people who really do need to be re-educated: teachers, Heads and socialists (are those terms tautological?). The Spectator has written something good about this.

But there are two other things that this letter proves that are just as significant:

1) Parents will not be ignored any more and will have their say on these matters, and demand that their right to choose the educational future of their children is respected, and whether agenda-driven, 'we know best' educators (believe me, they don't), officials and politicos like it or not.

2) The Tories have been listening for a long time, and Michael Gove has created a plan that in my view takes a manifesto to that happy place that is so often so hard to reach: a policy that is affordable, popular and right.

The Tories have won the argument on education. Let's hope they win the argument on running the rest of the country too.

I still believe they will, not least because they deserve to, but also because I believe that with policies like this one, they will convince enough people of this reality so they agree with me.

We'll see.

2 comments:

  1. The TRUTH about LibDems DONT TRUST THEM

    I have lived in Southwark, London 34 years - where Simon Hughes Lib Dem leading light is MP for the Bermondsey part - and have been active on housing matters.

    I want to warn people that there is nothing fresh new or honest about the LibDems. THEY ARE THE OPPOSITE.

    They hold onto power in Southwark Council against Labour by a DEAL WITH THE TORIES who came a poor third in the Council elections.

    The key to their deal was to put Tory Banker Kim Humphries in charge of Housing who then proceeded to destroy and privatise as much Council housing as possible in a massive anti-democratic Social Cleansing operation in Walworth.
    SO MUCH FOR NOT DOING DEALS WITH 3rd-placers!
    SO MUCH FOR TELLING BANKERS WHAT TO DO!

    They destroyed the Heygate Estate at Elephant without building any Council re-houisng - breaking all promises on this.
    SO MUCH FOR TENANTS & RESIDENTS RIGHTS!

    They RIPPED UP A 73% Tenants & Leaseholders MAJORITY AGAINST THE PRIVATISATION-DEMOLITION of the Aylesbury estate and ordered demolition and refused to hold another ballot.
    SO MUCH FOR ACCOUNTABILITY & DEMOCARCY!

    In Reality the LebDems are a dishonest treacherous cover for the worst of the Tories.

    Please pass this on Thank you

    Piers Corbyn 07958713320 piers@weatheraction.com

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  2. Isn't your brother a Labour MP? And aren't you that Marxist weatherman who says AGW is garbage?

    I like you.

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