Could we stop and think instead of rushing in?

Ever since the SNP government demanded to be judged on its record of improving education, panicked policymaking has left schools picking up the pieces, writes James McEnaney

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Something must be done. If there were a single sentence to sum up the past few years of Scottish education, that would be it.

It doesn’t even much matter what that thing is, as long as there is some of it and it is being done. Don’t worry too much about developing a proper understanding of the problems, and under no circumstances ask if any given something is the right something: it isn’t detail that matters, just action. Just doing something.

Perhaps it was always this way, but I’m not so sure. I’ve written a chapter on schooling for a new book examining the way Scotland has changed since ...

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