Saturday, 11 January 2014

Academies still give me the creeps...

It terrifies me the idea of private organisations funding schools and skewing curricula to produce people that are either aligned to their goals and ways of thinking or even worse, are ideal employees for their companies. 

On the surface this seems like almost a positive thing; vocational and targetted training giving people the skills to get the jobs available in their local community. 

But then the more I think about it, the more I worry that it's a slippery slope to people being born in an area or into a family in a particular social demographic having only schools available that train them to do the jobs that people in their area or social demographic have come to be expected to do and then it starts sounding scarily like a caste system.

I know that it is an extreme extrapolation, but even by letting one organisation open a school targetted at a particular group of people in the hopes that you can train them for a particular job, you are limiting their right to self determination - or at the very least deterring them from exercising it.

But then maybe I am being completely paranoid.

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