Holyrood conflict predicted

19th March 1999 at 00:00
THERE ARE bound to be sources of conflict between the new parliament and education despite the benefits that schools and universities should derive from devolution, Lindsay Paterson, a leading commentator on social policy and a professor at Moray House Institute, said in a lecture this week.

"Which institution - parliament or education - will be the truest expression of Scottish democracy?" Professor Paterson asked during his Stow lecture to Strathclyde University's education faculty. Would it be the education system "which people trust more than they trust politicians"?

Or would it be the parliament which would have the legitimacy of popular and proportional election and a "legitimacy all the greater because it was won ultimately as a desire to defend Scottish values against Thatcherism"?

Conflict would also occur over the curriculum and Scottish identity. "I see no reason to believe that the people will not want to continue to invent their identity personally and locally even after the parliament starts getting involved in cultural politics."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now