“Katharine Birbalsingh is a Tory’s dream teacher, telling kids to stay in their lane” – Darren Lewis

There’s some confusing advice from the government’s Social Mobility Commission, says Darren Lewis, but it fits well with the elite, who don’t want the big unwashed ones cluttering up their space

Katharine Birbalsingh, Britain’s strictest headmistress

Mercifully, Katharine Birbalsingh has always been an acquired taste.

Fortunately, across the country in various walks of life there are examples of people who have broken through class and racial barriers to climb the ladder. They’re the perfect antidote to Birbalsingh, described by some as ‘Britain’s strictest headmistress’.

In October she was appointed Chair of the Government’s Social Mobility Commission, which is responsible for overseeing and promoting social mobility across the UK.

The only problem is that she doesn’t seem to believe in social mobility. At least not for half the country.

She believes society should stop obsessing over rags to riches stories about poor students coming to Oxbridge.

In their opinion, being better than your parents just because you get a job is a gain in social mobility.

In other words, stay on track.

For real? So shouldn’t we be teaching our kids that their reach should exceed their reach? Shouldn’t we encourage them to invade the universities, which tend to produce the people who run the country?

Right now there are parents of all faiths, cultures and countries working hard to ensure their children can brave the odds.

The elites, of course, cling to their pearls at the notion that portions of the great unwashed might pollute their space.

Birbalsingh’s comments help them but are confusing given that at her school, Michaela Community in Wembley, north-west London, “her mission has been to encourage high achievement, high standards and create resilient students”.

There, an above-average number of students are considered disadvantaged, but the results are just as impressive as the methods.

No talking in school corridors, students walk in single file. Detention for messy work, being late, or not having a pen to write with. Simple but effective.

The school has been rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted and is one of the top performers in the UK.

So it’s hard to see why the bar should be set high for their children but not for yours.

Keep motivating your kids. Birbalsingh’s comments are divisive. It’s easy to see why the government chose them. "Katharine Birbalsingh is a Tory's dream teacher, telling kids to stay in their lane" - Darren Lewis

Fry Electronics Team

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