Mike Hosking gets to the nub of charter schools:
. . . Being a charter school isn’t the trick. The trick is what it potentially allows. It potentially allows you to do things differently and some people want and like that. It potentially allows you to focus on specialist areas of learning instead of a broad brush approach, and some people like that as well. There might be some with a religious element or a sporting element or an artistic element, and some people think that’s exactly what they need. But what it indisputably does is provide more choice, and why you’d be afraid of that bewilders me.
Here’s the other bit that makes all the opponents’ arguments null and void – none of it is compulsory. You don’t like it? Don’t go. You don’t believe in it? Don’t enrol your kids. You think it will be a disaster? Stay away.
All that a charter school is is choice, and choice is good.
Charter schools won’t work for all pupils, just as the many variations of schools we already have don’t.
But they will provide choice and opportunity for children who need something they’re not getting from what’s on offer now.
Only a handful of charter schools are being established. No-one will be forced to teach at or attend one and they shouldn’t be regarded as a threat to existing schools.
They will complement other schools not compete with them.