Saturday, July 04, 2015

"Unconventional methods and refusal to countenance the bureaucratic strictures of state"

In the Guardian Libby Brookes rushes to the defence of Camila Batmanghelidjh:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/03/camila-batmanghelidjh-troubled-kids

She tells us there were "no fob-offs or polite ambiguities with Batmanghelidjh, no compromise with – often entirely pragmatic – convention, no fools suffered gladly either".

We are supposed to applaud someone who has enthusiasm and drive for a particular job rather than someone who has built a "charity sector" career by collecting all the state-sanctioned bits of paper that would normally tell us we were allowed to admire her.

But hold on a minute.

The praise Ms Brooks lavishes on "unconventional methods and refusal to countenance the bureaucratic strictures of state" is exactly the opposite of the condemnation Guardian journalists throw at Free Schools appointing teachers who are obviously good teachers but have not countenanced the bureaucratic strictures of the state teacher training paper chase.

You would think the Guardian cannot have it both ways.

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