The BBC yesterday:
Free school 2012 applications reach 281The Mirror (and others), also yesterday:
Free schools plan longer pupil daysAnd the subject matter, arranged months ago, for this evening is?
The Free Society and the Adam Smith Institute presentYoung is already a target of the left for having the temerity to promote another way of 'doing' education which doesn't involve claustrophobic state control (wonder what they are so scared of?), and with the possible appearance of David Davis too, this instalment of the VoF series was always likely to be a bit of a draw.
FREEDOM, EDUCATION AND THE STATE
Is mediocrity for all preferable to excellence for some?
Tuesday June 21, 2011
Chaired by Claire Fox (Institute of Ideas), speakers include Tom Clougherty (Adam Smith Institute), David Davis MP, Matt Grist (senior researcher at the think tank Demos), Professor Terence Kealey (vice-chancellor, University of Buckingham) and Toby Young (associate editor of The Spectator, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, and founder of the West London Free School). <--- This bit!
Previous events have already been strictly standing room only. Tonight, that may turn out to be 'sitting-on-someone-else's-shoulders' room only.
I'll get there early, I reckon.