That State School System

Well, quite:

The head of Britain\’s biggest independent schools\’ organisation has launched an extraordinary attack on the "very poor" quality of state education. Chris Parry, the new chief executive of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), said standards were "offensive" to parents who pay their taxes and forced hundreds of thousands to go private.

The standards in parts of the State school system are indeed very poor, so much so that they would not be acceptable is people were paying directly for them: they would indeed be found offensive by people who had to pay £6,000 a year or so out of their own pockets.

One reason perhaps that they should have to do so, so as to drive up standards?

5 thoughts on “That State School System”

  1. Indeed – strange how one can see lobby groups in every corner but not when one is staring you in the face.

    The numbers who pay for private schools because the state schools aren’t good enough is hardly higher than it was when there was the grammar school system, so it’s a long-running problem if it’s a problem.

  2. The reason there has not been an expansion of the public school system is because it is damn near impossible to build a new school.

  3. “Well, he would say that state schools were poor quality, wouldn’t he? No conflict of interest there at all…”

    That doesn’t make him wrong though.

  4. I heartily agree with his use of the term “offensive”. It is a perfect summing up of the educational establishment and unions, and their dogmatic conviction that uniformity of under-performance is more desirable than achievement. They hate the publication of test results and league tables, because they bring systematic failure into the cold light of day.

    Vouchers please.

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