People should not be afraid of a future where schools are run on a for-profit basis – it is very sensible, actually.

by richardhutton


Any fair-minded person can see that the only alternative to the profit motive is the gulag. This holds particularly true for our nation’s schools.

It’s all very well for people to complain about shortages of funding; but they simply do not live in the real world. The fact is that we live in straitened times, and belts must be tightened, for the good of the nation. We are in an age of austerity – and just like the ice age, there is simply nothing which can be done about it. Not without unfairly burdening the taxpayer, at any rate.

What’s more, the wisdom imparted by life-experience far surpasses so-called academic knowledge, in my opinion. It is also much more time-efficient, and therefore cost-effective. Therefore, I say that a free-market oriented syllabus is the only commonsense solution to present quandaries. This should not be difficult to achieve.

For example, instead of classes on physics and the like, a school’s curriculum can be devoted to invaluable life-lessons: such as the development of self-sufficiency, and the merits of competing on a level playing field. Take football, cricket, and rugby for instance – so often given over to progressive ideals about team-work, and fair play. Well, why has nobody ever questioned why these games are only ever played with the one ball, being shared amongst many individuals? Isn’t this a prime example of the dead-hand of state regulation stifling choice and free enterprise?

We can also deliver fairness to the tax-payer by cutting back on unnecessary extravagances, too; such as books, lightbulbs (is it really necessary to have one in every classroom?), and paid staff. This would efficiently free up schools to concentrate on their core competencies – namely how best to use any budgetary surpluses: be it providing dividends for their shareholders, or increased yields for the businesses which own them.

And should an episodic cash-flow problem arise – from time to time – I would suggest that rather than have the inland revenue trouble the more aspirational members of society, we can simply take a creative approach to the endeavor instead.

Product placement, for example, offers a clear way forward here. Every student in the land could maximize their full potential by serving as a walking billboard, to advertise goods and services. Eight year-olds cannot expect the taxpayer to subsidize their poor life-choices by paying for them to ‘study’, after all; and if it’s good enough for professional athletes to wear sponsorship on their sleeves, then it’s good enough for British school-children too, I say.

I know these ideas may sound radical to some, but they are essential if we are to drag education out of its doldrums and into the modern world; and we need a government which will continue to deliver on that score.