So she\’s raging about how because \”free schools\” and academies and the like aren\’t all the same, are not some grey, uniform, controlled by the bureaucrats monstrosity, this is a bad idea. And then she lets this slip out:
Free schools and academies enjoy a range of greater freedoms that will help them to pull ahead in the new competitive schools market.
Yes my dear, you\’ve just conceded the entire point. You\’ve just stated, right there, that the current system, the current lack of freedoms, holds schools back. Thus we wish to abolish those restrictions so that schools can advance.
There is another way for us to frame this entire argument.
We\’re ignorant. We really don\’t know what is the best way to educate children. We\’ve got a few clues, try to keep the drunks and paedophiles out of the classrooms for example. We have a changing world outside the schools as well: technology is changing, society is. We face, in short, uncertainty, and the correct solution to uncertainty is experimentation.
So let\’s try this. And that. Over there, now, what an interesting idea! Yes, those hippies over at Summerhill are a bit odd but chacun a son gout n\’all that.
So, if we want to have this experimentation what\’s the best system we know of to encourage both the experimentation itself and also the picking up, the spreading, of those ideas that work. And of course the closing down, the into the dustbin of historing, of those ideas that don\’t work?
Well, that would be a market system, wouldn\’t it? That\’s what markets actually do. In pursuit of profit entrepreneurs will attempt various different new combinations of available resources in pursuit of some goal which they believe some segment of the population would like. Thus a market based system will provide our experimentation. And more, because entrepreneurs do in fact look at what others are doing (it is very mch a Red Queen sort of thing, a market, running ever faster to stand still) they have the incentive to pick up from elsewhere those forms of resource combination that work.
And basically, that\’s it. We are uncertain about what is the best way to do this educating the anklebiters thing therefore we must experiment. The way that we create experimentation and spread the results of successful such is through a market. Thus we must have a market in schools.
Now all we have to do is kill off Clegg\’s idea that schools must not be allowed to make a profit and we can sit back and watch it all take place.
Which is of course Ms. Benn\’s problem with it all. If others are going to be doing the experimenting, if others are going to be selecting the ideas that do work, spreading those and killing off those that don\’t, if others are doing all of these things then who will there be left for Ms. Benn to tell what to do?
Remember, there is still an aristocracy in the UK. The right people still do insist that the right people should be telling the proles how to live their lives. It\’s just that this aristocracy is now within the State, in the committees, not in the grand Ducal houses.