Thursday, 22 July 2010
A Coalition of Clowns - Big Top Big Society
The BIG TOP - Big Society
Dave decides to rewrite history, Nick can't answer questions until he has asked himself the question first and Osbornegump? Well he just smirks.
A coalition of clowns?
And then there is Michael Gove.
and demonstrating his plans for the state education sector .
Clowns have those big feet and Gove has certainly been stomping all over the educational community in the last few weeks.
Talking to Headteachers in the last few months, it is clear there is no great enthusiasm for the new Academies. They want new buildings, more money and greater control of their school's curriculum. Gove has disappointed many with the BSF fiasco and when you get down to the detail you discover that even with new academy governance, new money won't be flooding in. In the meantime, all the expertise, local knowledge and local history built up in the Local Authority teams will be lost.
Once you destroy such a team, it is next to impossible to get it together again. Corporate history and the basics of getting things done for the benefit of the local community will disappear with the LA staff forced to hawk their services elsewhere.
In the Academies Bill debate yesterday, Glenda Jackson made an impassioned appeal for schools as part of their communities. The education world Gove is creating, is a return to the competition, to the lack of local collaboration that initiatives such as trust schools started to create.
Clowns are supposed to make you laugh. But an awful lot of people are terrified of clowns.(Coulrophobia)
I am terrified of what this lot of clowns will do. Big Society? Big Top.