Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:06 PM
alp227 (23,071 posts)
(Mayor) Boris Johnson blames bad schools for London riots
Boris Johnson wants to take on strategic oversight of schools if re-elected as London mayor, claiming only a systemic fight against educational underachievement can tackle the social exclusion that he believes lay behind last summer's riots.
Johnson, who has already launched an inquiry into the state of the capital's education, told the Guardian on Friday that he believed some schools in London were "chillingly bad", adding that it was unacceptable to have 55% of young black men unemployed.
But the mayor went further than before by making a pitch to be given more power over local authorities to tackle illiteracy and innumeracy, arguing that education was the best antidote to the "nihilism" and exclusion revealed by the riots. Several London boroughs already face growing interventionism from central government as part of Michael Gove's education reforms.
Johnson said: "The biggest shock for me from the riots was the sheer sense of nihilism – perhaps I should not have been shocked, but in my view literacy and numeracy are the best places to start. In seven particular boroughs in London one in four children are leaving functionally illiterate. In a few schools it is nearer 50%. We have to intervene at an earlier stage, and I think the mayor can help."
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Sat Mar 24, 2012, 11:56 AM
LeftishBrit (30,904 posts)
1. And how is HE qualified to take over anything to do with school education?
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He has no background whatsoever in teaching; nor, so far as I am aware, in any scholarly activity - not even in educational media. I am sick of career politicians thinking that they can instantly wave their magic wand and sort out all the country's educational problems. If it were that simple, the problem would already have been sorted out.
For that matter, the highly privileged education that Boris and his pal Dave received did not stop them from acting, in their younger days, in ways that in less privileged individuals would have been described as 'delinquent' - I know first-hand just what the people of Oxford thought of the Bullingdon Club!
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