Jonathan Simons

Justine’s flagship is holed below the waterline

Jonathan Simons, head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange, writes weekly about policy and education

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The theory known as Godwin’s law states that the longer an online discussion continues, the probability of someone using a comparison to Adolf Hitler “approaches 1” (inevitability). In education policy discussions, there’s a similar phenomenon concerning apprenticeships. Yet whereas employing a Nazi analogy is deemed to lead to the user losing the argument, mentioning apprenticeships is a surefire way of securing a bout of assenting murmurs and nods.

Apprenticeships are, therefore, A Good Thing. Everyone agrees with that, surely. But what if they aren’t?

They certainly ought to be. In fact ...

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