The Difference, Explained…

My school is a mile from the border of a selective authority. The “local” grammar is 12 miles away or half an hour on the bus. Yet at 7.20am, come rain or shine, shivering children from the local villages can be seen piling on in droves, happy in the knowledge that they will be thought of as “better” for having done so.

The sense of baffled disbelief is palpable.

People who go there tell me teaching methods are somewhat old fashioned. Great, say the parents, we like old fashioned.

So, to sum up:

Business finds customers prefer other business. Adapts to suit customer requirements, gains customers.

State school finds ‘customers’ prefer other school. Whinges in newspaper about how customer requirements are wrong and bad and make people sad, fails to gain customers.

9 comments for “The Difference, Explained…

  1. decnine
    November 18, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I have to disagree with your tag “Governments Picking Losers”. Governments Encourage/Nurture/Support/Procure/Protect/Exalt Losers – and ALL with OUR money.

    • November 27, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Good point! But only so there’s more to pick?

  2. Stonyground
    November 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Whose money are they going to use once there are no more “better” people left to milk?

    • November 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

      I think the expect them, like the poor, to always be with us…

  3. John in cheshire
    November 18, 2016 at 10:38 am

    This is what it must have been like in the Soviet Union; queuing all day in the hope that the local store is selling shoes for the right foot, so you can make a pair with the left one you already have, only to find that today it’s turnips. And when you complain, the surly shop assistant berates you for wanting something else, something you need and can actually use. That’s the logical result of collectivism, every time.

  4. mikebravo
    November 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Always the same. Those who apparently know best berating those who will not do as as they are told.
    Trump
    Brexit
    Tory gubmint
    Grammar schools
    Junk food
    blah blah

  5. Bob H
    November 18, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    “State school finds ‘customers’ prefer other school. Whinges in newspaper about how customer requirements are wrong and bad and make people sad, fails to gain customers.”

    And then makes successful schools illegal.

    • Ted Treen
      November 18, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      But successful schools don’t produce state “client serfs”, and even worse, they encourage individual thinking and self-reliance. Such heinous blasphemies have to be crushed.

      • November 27, 2016 at 7:59 am

        Looks like they failed at that, too…!

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