I am concerned at what seems to me to be the paucity of informed and intelligent discussion of education by people who want to see state education act as a means of transforming and enhancing the lives of everyone who experiences it.
The Conservatives have a simple and clear philosophy: education is about shopping around to get the best for your children. All their reforms have the aim of supporting that objective. In other words they see education in individualistic terms and not as a social enterprise in which we are all committed to do the best for all our children.
This simplistic philosophy has direct appeal in the absence of a coherent and forcefully argued for alternative. Unfortunately such an alternative is not supplied by either the Labour Party or the Liberal Democrats who tend to move within the slipstreams produced by the Conservatives ideological positions and practical reforms.