Thursday, May 17, 2007

Iain Dale: Consistent & Diverse.

I'm trying to work out if these tow points from the same post are reconcilable:
This is an argument we didn't need to have. Instead of attacking the concept of grammar schools we should be encouraging diversity in education - and grammar schools are a part of that diversity.
Okay so diversity is good. Agreed.
Consistency is a key word here and it's something David Cameron rightly makes a lot of. If you really believed grammar schools were part of the problem, you'd not only not build more, you'd abolish the existing ones. It's called having the courage of your convictions. This is why I always questioned the wisdom of voluntary grant maintained schools in the 1990s. I thought that if Conservatives really believed that this policy was best for schools all schools should be grant maintained.
How can you be simulataeously consistent and diverse? If the Tories made all schools Grant Maintained because they thought it was a good idea then it really wouldn't be very diverse would it?

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