Thursday, March 27, 2008

The revolving door of school exclusion

this article caught my eye.


The solutions I see to this problem are certainly too out there for our society.

Stop having schools being compulsory (to all intents and purposes) to the majority of children.

Stop having state funded schools. If people want to run schools, and children want to attend them, let them reach their own arrangements as to the financial recompense and the code of behaviour to be accepted by all parties concerned.

2 comments:

Leo said...

Schools are not compulsory, education is. Parents that send their children to school are not the kind of people to think they can help their children learn.

I am also not sure about the libertarian solution. If there was no NHS my kid would have died. Society was a good invention.

Jon said...

The danger of trying to be radically different with something - such as raising children - is that it can reject a host of good and bad previous experience from "normal" solutions. In the case of suggesting that, for whatever reasons you have, state-funded education should be stopped, the school exclusion I presume you are unhappy about would be worsened.

The "problem pupils" referred to in the article are in most cases the ones who have come from broken homes, have suffered substantial physical or emotional abuse, have been neglected, or have suffered poverty and all its attendent ills. Placing a large financial burden on such families, who are disproportionately on low incomes, would surely be likely to exacerbate their existing problems.

How would you deal with parents who could not afford to send their children to school? How about the ones who could afford it, but can't be bothered? Should a child be disadvantaged because of their family financial circumstances or because of a lack of care from the parents?

We should as a society, of course, hopefully be saying that every child should have exactly the same opportunities. On that basis, might you consider that we should, in fact, be stopping privately-funded schools, on the basis that they foster inequality?