Is John Redwood as stupid as his blog?
I know Sunder Katwala has the theory about Rod Liddle that he simply writes very stupid stuff in order to see what they can get away with.
I think this post by John Redwood, attacking Labour and the sole Green’s parliamentary opposition to the Academies Bill on the basis that socialist dislike the ‘freedom’ that it brings to schools, may fall into the same piss-take bracket. Redwood must be amused to see his trolls pile in e.g.
Socialists dislike freedom because given a choice many, if not most, choose things other than socialism. So as keepers of the ‘one true faith’ they feel entitled to force socialism on people ‘for their own good’. Ultimately with the 4am knock if necessary……………
But let’s take Redwood at face value, and assume he’s actually being serious.
Is he really trying to claim the coalition is bringing ‘freedom’ to the education system, without bothering to explain or even mention the fact that this ‘freedom’ is only being accorded to those schools which have ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports?
Does he really think anyone, other than his half-wit readers, will take this ‘enabling’ legislation as anything other than the development of a two tier system?
Has he never heard, intelligent bloke that he’s supposed to be, of the ‘Polya Urn’ path dependency process, whereby ‘each step along a particular path produces consequences that increase the relative attractive of that path for the next round to become ‘a powerful cycle of self-reinforcing activity’ (Paul Pierson (2004) Politics in Time p17-18).
Does he really not understand that, once the ‘outstanding’ schools head down the academy route because they already have the most resources and most sought after teachers, that more resources will start to flow towards them – more children, the best teachers, the parents able to pay through the nose to live in the catchment area, the parents able to pay their way in – and away from those schools left behind at stage one?
Does he really grasp none of that?
Does he really think what’s being proposed is ‘freedom’?
Perhaps he is that special kind of intelligent-stupid only right wingers can be.
But I’m here to help berks like Redwood.
In my next post, I’ll tell Redwood my own experience of what freedom in education really is – the freedom to work together in solidarity in the interests of all children.
Just a little story from my time as Chair of Finance at a primary school, but with more ‘freedom’ in it than Redwood, the narrow-minded tosser that he is, could ever conceive.