Defining community -The tension at the heart of education policy


Originally posted on GrayJ4141:

The Governance Handbook published this week speaks of schools being “fully integrated with their local community” and yet the document promotes a business model of governance where non executive members of a remote board make decisions across a number of academies in the name of a brand rather than the families whom they would once upon a time have served.

In the past, a school served a defined geographical community which had both positives and negatives. Overtime, this has become diluted through the creation of markets and, to an extent, the reinvention of the school as a business is a natural progression. The problem with the business model is that education is not a commodity like any other. Learning requires a far greater relationship

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