…they are merely chess pieces on a board, and the game is ‘Social Cohesion’. It’s like ‘Risk, only with the potential for far more warfare:
American-style “bussing” should be introduced in London to break down the segregated school system, a leading headteacher said today.
Oh, and how dim do you have to be to come up with this idea?
The idea was put forward by David Levin, head of the £13,000-a-year City of London School for boys, who said it would tackle “social segregation” that was blighting education.
There’s a lot of things that are ‘blighting education’, but not having a classroom that looks like a United Colours of Benetton advert isn’t really one of them, is it?
Mr Levin, a member of the Headmasters and Headmistresses’ Conference group of private school heads, spoke on the first day of the HMC conference in Belfast. He said schools should only be able to take 85 per cent of pupils from one background. Pupils above that quota would be “bussed” to other schools to stop children growing up in a “monoculture” .
I can see that going down like a cup of cold sick with parents, and he’s smart enough to realise it.
He just thinks their opinions shouldn’t matter. Not when there’s a glorious post-racial future to build!
He added: “I know I will be howled down but I think in the big cities we need to introduce bussing so people mix up… It wouldn’t be popular I know, but I don’t see how else you can integrate children from different backgrounds.
“You do not have to like someone but if you know them, you will not fear them. One’s imagination is far more potent than the reality. It is at school that enduring and lifelong friendships are forged, often across ethnic, faith and socio-economic divisions.”
Is it really the case that ‘enduring and lifelong friendships’ will be forged? Or is that only at £13,000 a year schools?
Come to think of it, does he really think that there are no racial divides in the US these days? Does he think that bussing actually succeeded..?
Children at schools with an overwhelming number of pupils from one background were at a disadvantage as they had a “very limited one dimensional view of society” , he added. “This country is a trading country. We have to be competitive on the global stage.
“Children have to be able to understand and mix with and be comfortable with people from a range of different backgrounds. It’s as important that English children don’t grow up monocultural [just as it is for] Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Portuguese children.
“We should try and forge a mix of children. At the moment we have a form of social segregation.”
You cannot force people to mix. It’s been tried, and failed. Even in the country you quote as an example, it failed!
You will merely build more resentment and less co-operation if you try.
Mr Levin said: “As someone who runs a very cosmopolitan school I can’t stress how important it is in terms of the buzz and enthusiasm it gives to the school.”
That’s nice for you, I’m sure. I can see you value it. Some parents clearly agree.
Other parents clearly don’t. And it’s for them to decide, not for you.