Wednesday, November 08, 2006

About that IPPR report

It's worth reading Howard Williamson, (of the Youth Justice Board) laying into the much-trumpeted IPPR report on young people:

I have nothing against extending provision of and opportunity to take part in more structured youth activities. I encourage young people to get involved in them. It is unlikely there are going to be negative outcomes from learning a musical instrument or joining a sports club.

IPPR's press release towards the end of October talked of "badges and belts" -hinting at mechanisms for recognising achievement through structured provision. It also suggested parents should be fined if they did not enrol children in provision and make sure they attended.

All this, no doubt, will appeal to the worst nature of an increasingly authoritarian and interventionist state.


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