Idealism for the real world
It is right for ministers to be idealistic. Teachers want the best for every child, too. But they have to operate in real schools in the real world. They are expected to meet the needs of everyone in the class - from a disruptive boy with emotional troubles to the quiet but underachieving girl - while raising exam results year on year. So while the Office for Standards in Education's critical report on inclusion (page 14) is right to show what could be done and what is going wrong, the conflicting demands under which schools operate must also be remembered.