Our Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has benefitted from the type of “liberal classical education” so beloved of Toby Young. Both men see the benefits of ensuring that our young people are introduced to Latin or Greek. I am sure that they are both familiar with Greek philosophy. Up until now I had not realised why they were such keen proponents. Belatedly I have seen the light. I am beginning to see why studying Latin or Greek might be more advantageous than studying technology or computer science, especially if you want to be a politician.
The average Brit is less likely to have had a “liberal classical education”, than the current Coalition Cabinet. Apologies to those of you who have had such, and are fully aware of the following.
The term sophistry comes from the ancient Greek Sophists, philosophers who taught their students to win arguments by any means necessary. Sophists were able to argue for any side in an issue equally well. The Sophists were accused of not really being interested in truth or reason; instead, they were only interested in making money by using arguments they knew were wrong or at least flawed, in the hopes that others would be convinced anyway.
Mr Gove’s stated policy is that “Free Schools cannot be run for profit”.
According to this BBC report
Swedish company IES UK has won a £21m contract to manage a proposed Free School in Suffolk. Mr Gove’s position is that a school can be run by a trust, and if the trust gives the running of that school over to a private profit making company, the school is not being run for profit. You might need to read this paragraph again. We intend to give £21million of taxpayers money to a private company to run a Free School, and the Free School is not being run for profit.
My own liberal classical education tells me this. If it looks like a turd, feels like a turd, and smells like a turd, it probably is a turd. But Mr Gove has convinced me that I am wrong.