Friday, December 03, 2010

Cuts in Education

This is an amazing speech by a school student in the UK talking about protests against the recent cuts in education spending.

We have, in our country, embraced private education so completely that government spending on education is an issue on a planet far far away. The poor are struggling to pull their children out of government schools and into private schools because they can see the clear divide between the two. In a world of "fair" competition, you dont sand a chance if you are not from the "right" school.


Rohini said...

Awesome video. What a kid!

The sadder thing in India is that even though the government has asked private schools, those that have cheap or free land grants from the government, to make place for underprivileged kids, they don't. And one of the biggest reasons is that their affluent parents, people like us, don't want their kids to rub shoulders with the hoi polloi. It sucks!

wordjunkie said...

Thanks for the link, S. it made for powerful viewing.

However I don't think the government's approach is either long sighted or even realistic. It is, if anything, passing the buck on something it is supposed to provide, something it certainly collects taxes on but then refuses to invest in, or even commit to.

And what's more, even the few successful govt schools that do exist - the Kendriya Vidyalayas - almost exclusively cater to government employees' kids. Why, one wonders, has that model never been expanded?

Sorry for the long rant, it's a subject close to my heart.