Thursday, September 21, 2006

Record levels of truancy

Well, we have fast-track prosecution, imprisonment, FPNs, Parenting Orders and the farcical waste of money and children's goodwill that is 'truancy sweeps' and the end result? Truancy figures are higher than ever.

It has been obvious for years that all attempts at reducing truancy are having no effect at all, but rather than putting the millions spent on coercion into a more constructive engagement with children who are completely turned off education, the Government's response has been to carry on doing the same things even harder. What is it about "this isn't working" that they don't understand?

Just imagine what company shareholders would say to a board that persisted in spending money on a policy that, after 9 years, was producing a steady negative trend!


At Friday, September 22, 2006 4:23:00 AM, Anonymous Dave Hill said...

Spot on, Leytonstonian!

At Monday, September 25, 2006 9:08:00 AM, Blogger Ray said...

This is what Geoffrey Vickers called a thinking trap [Freedom in Rocking a Boat: Changing Values in an Unstable Society by Geoffrey Vickers, (Penguin Books, 1970) p15.]:

“Lobster pots are designed to catch lobsters. A man entering a lobster pot would become suspicious of the narrowing tunnel, he would shrink from the drop at the end; and if he fell in he would recognise the entrance as a possible exit and climb out again – even if he were the shape of a lobster.

A trap is a trap only for creatures who cannot solve the problem it sets. Man traps are dangerous only in relation to the limitations of what men can see and value and do. The nature of the trap is a function of the nature of the trapped...

We the trapped tend to take our own state of mind for granted – which is partly why we are trapped.”

The classic example is what you have here - when faced with the same situation that has been faced before, the only thing you can think of doing is the same thing that failed that last time you tried it.


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