Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Cameron's radical plan to 'bus pupils out of cities'

UK: See the post below, this is the type of thinking that is about feeling good instead of actually doing the correct thing.

Village and suburban schools would be forced to open classrooms to busloads of inner-city children under radical plans unveiled by the Conservatives.

A Tory government would also hand good schools up to £6,000 for each pupil they took from a poor background.

Large city schools where numbers were falling would be closed and their pupils transported to smaller ones in outlying areas.

Transporting children from the inner cities to more affluent areas would be reminiscent of the hugely-controversial bussing of black children into white areas in the U.S. Deep South in the 1960s and 1970s in an attempt to integrate the communities.

But the Tories said there was strong evidence that children are better behaved and learn more if they are taught in smaller schools.

Research shows disruption and truancy is greater in schools where there are more than 1,000 pupils - which have soared in number since Labour came to power in 1997.

Busing didn't work, right now because of white flight and economic levels, schools are just as segregated as before. Busing inner city(minority kids) to richer schools(white kids) does nothing to close the education gap that exists. It would be better to focus on fixing the schools and making it better for students instead of grabbing a bunch to bus them out so you can squawk about being multicult and diverse. A waste of money and why Cameron keeps getting bashed.

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