In our opening week Dave Berry, from Capital Radio’s Breakfast Show, visited the Free School I co-founded.
Schools in England are getting bigger. Department for Education data shows that between 1997 and 2005 the number of schools in England with 1,000 to 1,500 students rose by 35%. Secondary schools with between 1,500 and 2,000 students rose by 124%. In contrast, the number of small secondary schools in England, with fewer than 500 students, fell by 43%.
The conventional arguments used to defend this increase in scale are misleading.
My copy of Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan, a book about risk and uncertainty, was almost destroyed by a freak hurricane (at least it was freaky for a Brit who had then just arrived in the US). Almost, but not destroyed: I was able to use it to write my last post which concluded with Taleb’s advice that instead of investing in trying to predict the problems we may face in the future, we should invest in preparedness. Continue reading Raincoats & bad schools: organisations in the internet age