What is it that such independence gives those schools? It’s the independence from the management structure that currently exists. We’ll be killing centralized management, the politics, the union shops, and the stranglehold that all have on creating what we should be desiring, an education system that does some educating.

Defunding a police system in order to make room for a wholesale replacement has been proven to work. Doing it again to the inner city (at least, there is no reason why this should not be universal), school systems would do so again. That this means getting rid of the teachers unions is of course a joy, but it’s not just that. It’s rather the point of the exercise.

Want black lives to matter? Kill the current education system. Kill it stone dead. Then rebuild it anew and without any of the people who currently misrun it.

27 thoughts on “Elsewhere”

  1. Last time I looked only about 17 teachers had been sacked for incompetence over a couple of decades. Many more had been sacked for sex crimes. Are the teachers’ unions telling us that their members are ten times as likely to be criminals than merely not up to the job?

  2. During lockdown, my daughter’s school (Camden, London) has, via Google, given her an hour’s work a day, or slightly less.

    Heroes, obviously.

  3. Bloke in Germany

    I think you do more research for one throwaway column than the average “journalist” does for above the fold on the front page.

  4. Of course killing teachers’ unions gives you an opportunity to improve schools. But you’d also need to ensure that “educationists” are kept a million miles away from the levers of power.

    And even then you’d find there was still quite a gap between the average African-American children and the rest. Still: bugger worrying about unequal outcomes. If you can teach ’em to read, write, and speak comprehensibly you’d be making them much more employable.

  5. Edward Lud:

    Same here, in Sussex. I have seen some innovative use of IT, but most teachers just post simple boring work-sheets.

  6. Schools: state vs ‘charter’ and blacks discussed by Hilton – Roll back the state works is lesson

    Steve Hilton back on air – after diversity course
    Hilton: Law and order and justice [starts after obligatory PC, BLM into]
    https://youtu.be/uE6hhvG9Buw?t=73

    Hilton: Defaced monuments show protesters’ lack of knowledge
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMkXobnBMqc

    BBC journos’s lack of knowledge: Maddy Savage From 11m 42s on download Podcast

    @Jussi
    I like that proposal – add Starkey to team

    @dearieme
    Yes. What holds blacks back most is their refusal to act, behave and speak like others

  7. @SMFS
    +1
    Stormzy has told world “Don’t smoke pot, it f*cks your mind” – Peter Hitchens

    @BiND
    +1 on excuse and egged on by Pols & msm

    @wat dabney

    Female PC sustained broken ribs and punctured lung after BLM ‘Peaceful Protesters” threw bicycle and fired distress flare at her & horse

    Imagine the damage done to lockdown Gov’ts if there is no second spike following all these multi-thousand BLM riots? Are Boris, Hancock, SAGE etc hoping they all catch C-19 and die to justify their lockdown?

  8. Not long ago I binned all my various tea brands and bought Yorkshire Tea. Now it looks like I have to bin Yorkshire tea too. Could someone please name a non-political tea company or brand, one that only concentrates on producing and selling tea?

  9. And it all still only takes 90 minutes tops.

    I heard once that at the NYT they expect one piece, maybe two, a week from each journalist.

  10. “rebuild it anew and without any of the people who currently misrun it”

    Aye, but that still leaves a lot of people who aren’t currently involved, would love to be, but definitely shouldn’t be let anywhere near it.

    Scrapping the current system is fine, but I wouldn’t trust the people in charge of choosing the replacements.

  11. During lockdown, my daughter’s school (Camden, London) has, via Google, given her an hour’s work a day, or slightly less.

    Heroes, obviously.

    State or private? I live in the same area and planning to get the hell out of London prior to having kids (i.e. very soon). I’ve seen pretty big variation in how schools are tackling this. One friend’s daughter is getting zero-to-no work but has to “check-in” online every day at 8:30am. Another friend, a teacher at a private school, is essentially running full school days via Zoom.

  12. Scrapping the current system is fine, but I wouldn’t trust the people in charge of choosing the replacements.

    That’s the problem with all good ideas on the right. The Libertarian Party in the UK are keen on a constitution. Whilst I agree a proper constitution would be a good idea, you just cannot trust the current crop of politicians and civil servants with writing a good one.

  13. “Then rebuild it anew and without any of the people who currently misrun it.”

    After that, invent faster-than-light travel.

  14. Then rebuild it anew and without any of the people who currently misrun it.

    Why rebuild anything? Give every schoolchild a voucher good for the amount the state currently pays for their education, and let that be redeemed for an education at the institution of the parent’s choice.

  15. Bloke in Wales said:
    “Why rebuild anything? Give every schoolchild a voucher good for the amount the state currently pays for their education, and let that be redeemed for an education at the institution of the parent’s choice.”

    Yes, indeed. But there’s a lot of other changes that need to be made as well, to remove the barriers to good people setting up schools. Not just schools regulation but also planning law, that currently makes it easy for local governments to bog down new schools.

  16. BIW, rather than a voucher, put the money into an account for each child, to be managed by the parents. Any left over at eighteen becomes the ex-child’s as of right. Then parents will be shopping for price as well as quality.

  17. I heard once that at the NYT they expect one piece, maybe two, a week from each journalist.

    Blimey. Where do US publications get their cash from?

  18. Bloke in Germany

    “I heard once that at the NYT they expect one piece, maybe two, a week from each journalist.”

    Oh, this happens in pharma too. I remember being at a meeting with my boss, at a client, in the department that does the stuff I do. And I asked one of the grunts, “so how many wossnames do you generally produce a year”? The answer was “Two”.

    Boss and I looked sideways at each other incredulously, could tell the same question was going through each mind simultaneously. “And what, pray tell, do you do for the other 10 months of the year?”

    The answer, of course, this being big pharma, was “Sit around in pointless internal meetings”.

  19. @BiG: second that about big pharma. Likely the case in all big bureaucratic businesses. The company I work for does a lot of the commercial work for pharma companies. It led me to wonder what the pharma employees do if we are doing everything for them. I joined one company for a short amount of time and realised “not very much” was the answer.

  20. …put the money into an account for each child, to be managed by the parents. Any left over at eighteen becomes the ex-child’s as of right. Then parents will be shopping for price as well as quality.

    Money? Quite a few parents will be shopping for other things entirely and their children will end up with neither education nor surplus. Really best to leave it an education-value format only. Even then, those parents are unlikely to be interested in managing their children’s education (yeah, wotevs).

  21. We have a local program for kids with ADD etc that have fallen behind due to struggling in the normal school environment, they are in a separate building with cubicles so they can work on their own with minimal distractions and noise, they don’t socialise as they have staggered breaks and there are a couple of teachers to supervise. Works quite well and would seem to be a great candidate for reopening as by design it incorporates social distancing in many aspects and especially as many of the kids are try to catch up, but it’s on hold until September like everything. Having talked to the teachers they seem ok, but the administration and unions are operating blanket policies. Cleary one issue is that the unions are not interested in the children just the teachers which seems to be a good argument for limiting or removing the unions. The toll of this lockdown on the marginalised and struggling in society is not going to be pretty.

  22. Money? Quite a few parents will be shopping for other things entirely and their children will end up with neither education nor surplus.

    Yup. Because for every working / lower-middle class family with 1 or 2 kids there are Chavs with half-a-dozen that would just see it as another welfare based payday. Vouchers solves one of the problems which is to fund good schools and defund bad schools in an manner similar to the destructive (and beneficial) power of capitalism.

    What it doesn’t help is when the Chav family wants to use its vouchers to send its brood of thugs to Poshtown Grammar School, so clearly you need to also select or stream them to prevent gifted children being dragged down, but also to ensure that those with different needs have those needs met productively.

    Selection and streaming are abhorrent to both the left/unions, so both have to go before genuine educational reform is possible, including restoring authority in the classroom and protect decent teachers from vexatious claims from kids and parents. If this means restoring some measure of corporal punishment then so be it.

  23. Baltimore’s school system is so bad that even Sen. Bernie Sanders has been known to complain about it, but it’s not a shortage of money causing the problem……It actually got 50% more funding (after we account for the difference in the costs of things and wages, etc.) than the world’s widely agreed-to-be-best school system in the world, in Finland.

    I wonder what other differences there could be between Finland and Baltimore? No, I’ve got nothing…

  24. The great Thomas Sowell has a new book out – “Charter Schools and Their Enemies” :

    The black-white educational achievement gap — so much discussed for so many years — has already been closed by black students attending New York City’s charter schools. This might be expected to be welcome news. But it has been very unwelcome news in traditional public schools whose students are transferring to charter schools. A backlash against charter schools has been led by teachers unions, politicians and others — not only in New York but across the country. If those attacks succeed, the biggest losers will be minority youngsters for whom a quality education is their biggest chance for a better life.

    Personally I put it rather differently: Leftists who further their political and teaching careers by throwing poor (and often black) children under the bus like this are worse than paedophiles.

    Like Barack Obama, Joe Biden recently promised to shut down voucher schemes if elected.

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