Better by far?
We would hope we are well distanced from such structural tinkering, as we are with foundation hospitals. But how immune are we in our drive for greater diversity and flexibility? Are these terms a smokescreen for more radical agendas recently espoused on these pages by Ross Martin, the former local authorities education convener? How reformist is Jack McConnell's administration?
To some extent, we already have a consumerist agenda. We have had parental choice of school for more than 20 years and a track record of unpopular schools - secondaries in urban areas - closing as parents vote with their transfers. Parental choice does not extend much beyond that. Survey after survey shows that parents want their local school to offer a rich variety of opportunities, care for its pupils and do the best for them. We should stick by our improvement agenda.