A poll on Sky News this morning suggests that viewers are overwhelmingly against the idea that private schools should lend their resources to neighbouring state schools.
Reported in most of the broadsheet newspapers, Labour's Alan Johnson said he wants private schools to take pupils on secondment from local state schools, open their science labs to comprehensives and offer many more bursaries to poor families.
“Private schools need to do more to earn their charitable status,” he says.
“It’s not enough just to lend their playing fields, it’s about the science lab, it’s about teachers - there are excellent Maths teachers in private schools.
"Let them give a bit of their expertise to the state sector.”
Ed: Other than the really big, well-known private schools like Eton, I don't know of any, which aren't struggling financially and I do know many parents that are struggling to keep their children in private education because of rising school fees.
Now it strikes me that if one part of society wishes to pay for their childrens' private education after tax and by going without luxuries that others take for granted, then the resource should be used for what it has been paid for by the group involved. Wouldn't the same argument apply at a golf club or even a restaurant, suggesting perhaps that the chef be lent to the cafe down the road to improve the menu there?
That may sound flippant but isn't the comment: "Let them give a bit of their expertise to the state sector.” equally flippant, implying an overworked, individual teacher's duty in an area where the state has clearly failed.
Where does this stop and would it make any difference to the decline in our education system which is costing the taxayer billions and is not "fit for purpose" when its end results are contrasted with other nations.
What do you think?