British Education Secretary Ed Balls is promising parents better schools, but he wants parents to do their bit – or else.
In an interview, Balls told parents:
“If your child starts to fall behind, we should step in straight away and give one-to-one or small group tuition.”
But there’s a kicker:
In return, parents will be under new obligations to support their child at school. They will have to sign stricter home school agreements and face fines of up to £1,000, enforced by the courts, if they fail to meet the conditions.
Like Core Knowledge Blog, I wonder about enforcement. What happens to the fines when the parents have no money? For that matter, can Britain really afford tutors for all students who fall behind?