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Opinions on Free Schools which will be pushed by the tories, will they affect the working class?

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gypsy
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May 26 2010 15:00
Opinions on Free Schools which will be pushed by the tories, will they affect the working class?

I am rather worried about this development. Further privitazation of education?

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May 26 2010 15:18

pretty obvious, which groups of people (other than private companies which is what it is ultimately for) are going to have the social & economic advantages that would allow them to do such things

that prick toby young was on the telly last night poncing on about 'his' school

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May 26 2010 18:56

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/27/toby-young-school

Above is a guardian piece on his free school last year and below in this audio clip before the election alongside other education professionals where he seems totally out of his depth and stands out like an arsehole, but the interview sheds some light on the whole debate.-

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/audio/2010/apr/18/observer-election-debate-schools-education

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May 26 2010 18:21

Yeah, call centres sponsoring schools in deprived areas like Hackney. Sounds like meritocracy.

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May 27 2010 12:21

Aye it's a grim prospects, this coupled with the intention to turn most schools into academies signals the almost whole-scale private involvement in every single school in the country.
I teach at an academy and the sponsors involvement is pernicious - the more I hear about the 'free school' idea and how it's practically likely to manifest it self, the less it sounds different from the academy program already being rolled out since 2002.

Free schools, like academies, will be able to set their own pay and conditions for staff (with national agreements optional) although they'll still follow national curriculums so won't be able to fuck about with subject content much although how content is delivered will be considerably variable. Those that will have a private sponsor will be subject to the whims of said sponsor in terms of how their building is used, what sort of outsiders come ine, what is displayed where etc etc

My experience is that in the shittest of academies, pupils are wholesale being taught 'skills' instead of subject knowledge to the extent that it matters more that they can draw a poster rather than actually know anything about a topic, say earth science. This results in the two-tiering of education being reinforced even within traditionally 'academic' core subjects - one set being churned out with menial skills, the other having a clue about their subjects. 'Free schools' in the most deprived of areas I genuinely can't see being any different to academies.

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May 27 2010 16:58

If the plan to turn all schools into academies gathers steam it will completely fuck first and 2nd level education, and with 3rd level already facing crippling cuts in terms of job losses, real-wage cuts, and departmental closures, education really is fucked.

There will be a lot to talk about at this weekend's Defeating Cuts in Education conference in Brighton.

gypsy
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May 27 2010 17:06
Choccy wrote:
If the plan to turn all schools into academies gathers steam it will completely fuck first and 2nd level education, and with 3rd level already facing crippling cuts in terms of job losses, real-wage cuts, and departmental closures, education really is fucked

There will be a lot to talk about at this weekend's Defeating Cuts in Education conference in Brighton.

Sounds scary, will you produce some the conclusions from the conference on here? Cheers

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May 27 2010 17:19
Choccy wrote:
There will be a lot to talk about at this weekend's Defeating Cuts in Education conference in Brighton.

What conference is that Choccy? Why not post some details? wink

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May 27 2010 17:20

details are on the thread i just bumped!!!
but anyway, more details
http://libcom.org/forums/announcements/conference-defeating-cuts-education-saturday-29-may-brighton-16052010

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May 27 2010 17:27

cheers