If you recall, a few weeks a go I blogged about my thoughts on the British Education System and one of the topics I discussed was a man named Michael Gove.
You must, by now, have heard that in the recent days, Michael Gove has been removed from his position of Secretary of State for Education. Being one of the most recognisable (and controversial) faces in Education over the recent years, it was a shock to finally see him go. That being said, I was ecstatic upon hearing the news. The man who deemed “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Of Mice and Men” to be eradicated from the English curriculum has been revoked the permission to alter the lives of our young people. One can only be grateful that anyone who does not consider the two American novels influential is removed from controlling the education system.
I found out as I sat catching up with some media coursework and our Assistant Head teacher walked in, looking much more excited than usual. He told us of the news, “Did you hear the news? He’s gone.”
By the sound of things, most teachers found out via social media sites and they do say that good news travels fast. By the end of the day, the school was buzzing with the excitement of hearing of his removal.
I suppose it’s naive to expect Gove’s removal to make drastic changes to the education system – Nicky Morgan may turn out to be equally a fool, but we can have hope in the idea that the whole of British politics cannot be made up of loathed individuals.
We can only expect that Morgan will be forced to continue much of her predecessor’s work for the reason that she won’t much much time to make any meaningful changes, with less than a year before the the next general election.
She is likely to cause much controversy, also, and, as a firm Christian who voted against same-sex marriage and who thinks abortion rights should be restricted, she is also likely to cause controversy about her views on faith schools.
That being said, it looks as if Morgan is already setting out to build bridges with teachers and I’m sure that teachers will take kindly to her arrival and input for the simple fact that she is not Michael Gove. I suppose teaching professionals are likely to take kindly to any person who does not refer to the wider education establishment as “the blob”, as Gove frequently did.
So, is Gove being demoted a great thing for British education, or is it opening us up to even more mistakes and controversy? Let me know in the comments.