Two stories caught my eye in the Sunday papers today. The first that husbands with multiple wives may now claim benefits, even though polygamous marriages are illegal in the UK.
The second, from the Sunday Times, that more interference from government, disguised as policy, is being introduced "to tackle 'segregation" in society". The judgements, which set a precedent extending throughout the state school system, include:
- Banning headteachers from asking parents why they want to come to the school, in case this puts non-English speakers at a disadvantage;
- Barring schools from asking for children's birth certificates in case this identifies the parents' jobs, which might give professional families a competitive edge;
- Forbidding a discussion with parents of the school's Ofsted inspection report as this might discriminate against parents who "do no understand bureaucracy";
- Stopping schools asking parents whether they support its ethos because this might be considered "patronising" to less well-educated or ethnic minority parents.
This weekend the moves were attacked as more evidence of "social engineering but I for one am reminded of the words of Sir Thomas More: "One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.”
Not much has changed since the time of Henry VIII then?
What's your view?