What annoys me about Gove is the way his entire strategy is targeted towards what he perceives as electorally populist regardless of whether there is any educational sense in it. Take, for instance, his often-repeated promise to get rid of independent appeal panels for permanently excluded children. It's the sort of thing that plays very well with Mail and Telegraph readers, but assumes that headteachers are infallible - which is not something they accept when it comes to, say, banning racist books and nursery rhymes. It also ignores the fact that a disproportionate number of excluded children have identified learning difficulties and it is all too common that children are in essence excluded for being autistic. If a Mailite's child were excluded unjustly, you can just bet they would be screaming for the right to a fair hearing.
The policy doesn't even make any sense from the point of view of schools. Given the fundamental right to a fair hearing - which preceded the dreaded Yuman Rights Act - if pupils don't have access to an independent panel they will have to take contested exclusions to court, which will cost schools and the legal system a hell of a lot more in terms of both time and money. But of course if that happens the Mail and Gove will blame it all on lawyers.
The current system has a lot to do with Mailites screaming injustice.I cant believe I heard Gove saying on the radio that he wanted teachers to be respected more.It was the right in the 80's who demonised them and promoted the idea that parents always knew best.
Soon, if we are not prudent, millions of people will be watching each other starve to death through expensive television sets. Nye Bevan