Monday, 3 October 2011

Quis custodiet

Can anyone tell me how a man like Chris Woodhead survived so long as chief inspector of schools in England?

I've interviewed most of the top inspectors and decision-makers in Scottish school education and what they share, to an extent that still surprises me, is something Woodhead manifestly lacks - a powerful and, if you scratch the restrained surface, often passionate concern for social justice and the welfare of every child.

A man like Woodhead, with no interest in at least half the kids in school, or belief in the value of education for them, would not just be out of place in Scotland's school system.

He would be unemployable.

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