Fifteen minutes of free school education

Minister of Education Michael Gove is putting a brave face on a number of schools applying for a "Free School" position. He said Andrew Marr this weekend that 700 of those initially motivated, 16 schools have basically applied to accept this position from September 2011 and that this has "exceeded his expectations". Free schools will be financed but will be outside the municipal council. In Gove's vision, parents, teachers, and volunteers will want to create a free school. He mentions a similar system in Sweden and the United States; and legislation was passed only two months in parliament's lifetime to allow for their establishment.

Supporters of the system claim that it will create more local competition and development standards.

But there are many critics, even from Michael Gove's own facets of political divisions. Some have argued that the system will only benefit parents in the middle class, with the time to blame for setting up a school and that it will move money away from the current school. Moreover, if having an academic or a free school position will be a symbol of success, schools remaining in the local education authority control will look as inferior.

Peter Wilby, who writes in the guardian, believes that such schools will be run by private companies rather than parents, teachers and volunteers.

Paul Carter, Prime Minister of Kent County Council, said that, according to current funding arrangements, "the more academies and free schools you work … the lesser the colleges will receive."

Teacher Relationship warns that the policy could "increase social segregation and undermine democracy". The union is already talking about strikes to oppose the freak school program and the expansion of the field.

Rushed legislation is so often bad legislation. Rather than finding new types of school to fit the "Big Society" Prime Minister, Gove's attention should focus on the construction program, which is shrinking so much after taking office. A good working environment has been shown to be one of the most important factors in the child's education development.

In addition, we do not have enough different types of schools in this country?

Ed Balls, the shadow school secretary, declared that "laughing" that Mr Gove believes his expectations have been taken over by the numbers describing interest.

MathsBank predicts that the difference between the disciplines and the disciplines will be obscure and will then disappear. With little interest from the original audience, parents and teachers themselves and private business, only the community seems to be interested, and given the high level of criticism and prospects of strikes, the leisure school will be easily forgotten.

As with her plans for A-level enhancement, Gove sometimes seems to be shooting from the hip, whatever comes to mind without thinking.

Yes, it can be improved in our schools and yes, there may be potential for greater participation in world trade, whether in the form of sponsorship or in the day-to-day school management. But there is little appetite among our busy parents and teachers to take responsibility for school activities, or so far from the volunteer. The press school will be short, will be incorporated into the field of study and will die, not with the brink, but with burning.

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Peter Wilby writes in The Guardian


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