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Category archive: dcsf

Tuesday July 22 2008

If you want educational fun, read what is being said at the Coffee House about the nightmare day had by Ed Balls, the politician doing his best not to take the blame for the SATs disaster.  Here, here, and hereHere is what opposition spokesman Gove has to say.

Thursday April 03 2008

Bishop Hill is not impressed with the new logo of the Department for Children, Schools and Families.  And I am not impressed by the absence of capital letters in the title of the “department” at the top of the ... dcsf? ... website:

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Here are the dcsf’s declared purposes:

The purpose of the Department for Children, Schools and Families ...

So presumably the rest of us are supposed to talk about this gruesomely named enterprise with capitals, even if the department itself does not ...

… is to make England the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. We want to:

- make children and young people happy and healthy

- keep them safe and sound

- give them a top class education

- help them stay on track.

This is a brisk, unashamed, approximately plain English exposition of what is wrong with modern government.  It all sounds so sensible.  ("[S]afe and sound”.) But it is ludicrously all-embracing, and turns parents and teachers into bewildered and demoralised underlings or worse, spectators - while the government tramples about like a mad elephant failing to do what it should not be attempting but has nevertheless put itself in charge of.  Only purpose four, which is vaguer than the others and is presumably concerned with stopping children turning into criminals, is central to what a government should be doing.  But it should be doing this by punishing children if and when they commit crimes, not by giving them “help”.