9 Jun '14

News The Trojan horse row shows the failure of Michael Gove's centralism | Simon Jenkins

Wielding the blundering cudgels of Whitehall is not the answer. These schools must be governed through local accountabilitySchools in Birmingham are today subject to two separate eruptions. One concerns relations between the education secretary, Michael Gove, and the home secretary, Theresa May, over whether the former "did enough" to counter Islamist extremism the "Trojan horse" plot in the schools now considered in his charge. Here Gove might reasonably protest that his colleague should look to her own and stay off his patch.The other eruption is more serious. It is Gove's view that England's schools are best run from his desk. His contempt for localism is well known, but Whitehall would not treat a hospital, a factory or a regiment this way. Running an English school in a community that is near 100% Muslim is exceptionally difficult and delicate. Gove would not survive 10 minutes in the job. Continue reading...

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