Jeremy Poff Posted over 3 years ago Is education a resource that can be squandered, not by the recipient, but by the providers? You have many valid points. Certainly the "experts" have crept into almost every field. The current crop of managers are too afraid to make a decision and instead defer to the 'experts' (who have just finished University and have no experience). This allows them to just tick off boxes rather than actually manage the whole situation. If it goes wrong they can then claim that it was the fault of someone else as they were merely following a recommended system. Schools are perhaps becoming like the hospitals where once Doctors managed the hospital to a budget, now an extra layer of staff (managers) draw large salaries and decline spending on medical equipment in favour of management equipment. This experiment has not worked. Essentially it is the Education Ministry that has become the layer of management for schools. I suspect every stakeholder would discern the squandering to be in another stakeholders court. That's if we agree there is squandering! If the assumption was first made that the provision had to be twice as efficient, then perhaps some new thinking would arise. Rather than small twiddles, raising classroom numbers, changing allocations, denying certain resources, etc. Has anyone calculated if 'mainstreaming' has saved money overall or just shifted the expenditure to another budget and added stress and frustration. It must be all in the name of digitisation! Instead of a report that says your child is bright at maths, needs to work on writing skills, is socially normal and is an active and contributing member to the school and class, you now get a report that says 0010100100110011010100011. Just perfect for digitisation.