Neal Lawson says that what we really need to do is get everyone voting on everything:
School governors, if properly trained and paid, could perform a much deeper role. And what if the headmaster or mistress was elected by the local community? That would serve as a huge incentive towards improvement. The same approach works for the local GP surgery.
In health and education the next revolution in reform should be engagement and democratisation. There is no reason why primary care trusts couldn’t be merged into local government, where they can focus more on prevention and be held democratically accountable. We could elect local education boards too.
Shades of student Trotskyism there, don\’t you think? Everything and anything is to be decided by a "democratic vote": thus all are subject in the minutiae of their lives to the tyranny of the majority, that majority unfortunately being those three sad people willing to turn up to a political meeting on a wet Tuesday night in December.
Seriously, does anyone think that party political elections for the local headmistress (for that is what they would quickly become) is going to improve a school?
Well, Neal Lawson seems to but then he\’s always struck me as somewhat strange.