So the Schools of the Future building programme has its head on the block. Good. It was a total misallocation of educational funds, that actually aimed to build 19th Century schools dressed up to look vaguely modern. Like a horse and cart with go-faster stripes. The really frustrating thing is that the real educational needs of the 21st Century could have been addressed for a small proportion of what has already been spent. For reference, the total cost of building Yacapaca has been of the order of 70p per registered member.
I have been kicking this idiotic programme since 2004. If you are interested in my view of why it would have been actively bad for the nation’s children, you could read:
- Schools of the Future: don’t forget your jetpack (2004)
- Home access – is the glass 80% full or 20% empty? (2006)
- Gordon muffs it again (2007)
Update: the axe has fallen. Here’s the list, from the Grauniad.