In a spate of moronic ‘reforms’ Education Ministers in England (of all parties) have vowed to set schools free from the dead hand of local (elected!) authorities. Hence there are Academies, Free Schools, Foundations including some for-profit schools. Yet all of these are funded by the State through taxpayer money.
So how should these ‘free’ schools be governed? A Governing Body, but chosen by election? No, no!
Better by far, we would say, to draw on a random selection of the most important group of stake-holders — the parents of the pupils. Only of the willing? It would be quite easy to make willingness to serve as a Governor a condition for acceptance of little Jonny or Fatima.
So it should be a matter of great joy if a school in Sparkhill, Birmingham (of happy memory for me!) reflects the view of 90% of the parents, and chooses a Muslim ethos. And following advice from an Imam segregates the sexes and introduces school uniform with burkas for the girls. That’s what they want.
Isn’t this just local democracy in full flowering? Isn’t this exactly what CJs are for?
And yet I feel uncomfortable able this. Can someone explain why this kind of CJ with ability to change things doesn’t seem right, yet other CJs with only an advisory role seem to be such a rip-roaring success?