April 5, 2012 1 Comment
Other than national security and health, there is nothing more important than the education of our people.
It is the area of policy with which I care most about.
Because, at its best, a good education can open up a whole world of opportunities.
It can be the great leveller.
It can enable young people who, in terms of their background, have not had many chances or opportunities to shine and show that they are just as capable of great achievements as those born with rather more privilege, sometimes even more so.
That was the laudable aim of comprehensive education, when it was created under the excellent leadership of Shirley Williams (then Labour Secretary of State for Education, now, of course, a leading Liberal Democrat Peer).
So, why is this Government seemingly in favour of turning this all on its head?
Can that possibly be a good thing?
Is the future of our education system now only in the hands of the right-wing ideologue Michael Gove?
And where is the Lib Dem influence in it all?