Two children run a race. They start in the same
place, but one of the children has the inside lane, and as they circle
the track, that advantage opens up a telling gap. Half way round, the
child in the lead picks up a straw hat without breaking stride, and puts
it on. He crosses the finishing line far ahead of his opponent. The
next day’s sports pages are full of analysis of the contest. The advice
to the loser, the columnists opine, is obvious: for the next race, he
should be sure to get hold of a boater.
I have little idea what he is on about. I don't know if its a joke or if only boater wearers win? The rest of the piece is pretty odd too. Goes on to dispute the idea that private schools are better by pointing out all the great state schools. So .. what's the problem then? We'll come back to that.
Much more interestingly are the comments. Many from teachers. They suggest that the biggest difference between private/state is the discipline. Or .. how very hard it is to get rid of the disruptive kids in the state sector. Not something I would have thought as I understood that cheesy watsits were grounds for expulsion..They also point out smaller class sizes and much more rigorous streaming make for much easier taching.
And there is much agreement that a lot of children's willingness to learn comes from their parents and that's what makes a good school. Committed parents who , I guess, back what the school does and how it operates. Something we all know already.
The Indy understands this. The piece explains all this . Although, as a lefty paper, it manages to draw the completely wrong conclusions from the evidence it has unearthed. Rather than make the state schools behave like the private schools, which is what evil Mr Gove intends, make the private schools put their children into the state ones.