23 March 2007

From the archives: Compulsory education beyond 16

Debate needed on possible methods for enforcement

Via Not Saussure: the debate has started, with "education Asbos" and fixed penalty fines apparently on the menu.

By the way, I'm not sure I agree with NS's view that <it’s better for young people to be educated rather than not> is "a decent-sounding idea". This obviously depends on what you mean by "education", but I would query whether everyone benefits from secondary education, even in its pre-ideologised form. A sacred cow which I reckon it is time to put on the stand.

Originally published 18 Jan 07.
For background see earlier post and discussion at The Grauniad.

Painting by Delaroche, courtesy National Gallery London.