Forgive me for being blunt, but I am going to come right out and say it: I think making every school a good school is an impossible task.
I say this not because I do not support efforts to try and make every school a good school. It's actually a very noble cause.
All I am saying is that we should not be surprised if we discover at the end of it that all schools did not in fact become good schools.
Maybe most of them would have become good schools, but there will likely be one or two stubborn ones that resist all attempts to improve them. We must not underestimate the power of competitive parents.
This is a very powerful force that no act of Government can overcome.
I mean let's face it, from the moment a child is born, parents enter into some sort of race to ensure their child has some advantage over some other child. Talk to competitive parents and you will hear them boast about seemingly meaningless ways their child is more advanced than some other poor unsuspecting child they met on the street.
I have encountered a parent who spoke with some pride at how early her child had taken to eating solid food compared to other children.