Friday, June 01, 2007

The Great Grammar School storm in a teacup?

Look, existing grammars are safe, and not only that the grammar school system where it still exists is safe.

However I have found no appetite in Conservative circles for extending it to where it does not exist at the moment.

People seem to be getting very hot under the collar about what amounts to a non debate. What is there to discuss? Are we going to impose a grammar school system where the electorate don't want one? No.

What we are going to do is to put a grammar school in EVERY school, in EVERY subject so that someone who shines in maths and is rubbish at say German gets to fly in maths to the top, whilst he (or she) gets help in foreign languages to keep him (or her) up to speed.

I will be writing an article on the one key issue on public service reform on another day.

I was I have to say quite pleased that there was no disagreement at the wine tasting on the grammar school issue, though some people did feel that it had not been well handled which is certainly true.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How can the Conservatives say that they are supporting choice and school vouchers, but opposing the founding of new grammar schools?

For instance in the Netherlands there is a school voucher system, and one could found new grammar schools, and they would succeed if enough parents would choose them for their children, and fail if they didn't.

But it wouldn't be the business of any politicians to say, whether new grammar schools should be founded or not.

I'm suspecting that the Tories haven't quite grasped the idea of the school vouchers.