This week has seen David Cameron’s dramatic cabinet reshuffle. Dubbed the cull of the middle-aged white man Cameron has aimed to add more women into his cabinet in the run up to the 2015 general election.
One casualty of the 2014 reshuffle has been the divisive Education Secretary Michael Gove who has left his post to move to House of Commons Chief Whip for the Conservative.
Time to rejoice?
Many people, especially teachers, will no doubt be over the moon to see Gove’s controversial plans leaving the cabinet but Gove has done one thing that politicians can only dream of.
Michael Gove has managed to united a majority of the British public in a time of political uncertainty. Okay so that may sound a bit dramatic but with the far-right creeping deeper and deeper into local politics and after the 2010 hung parliament and coalition government politicians can all but dream of unifying the British public.
Luckily for the education sector though the best of British idea may well be left behind now, the complex literature that they wanted to steer away from can be cast aside. It’s now in the hands of Nicky Morgan, a minister rated highly within the Conservative party.
Taking the ideas with you
Gove’s plans during his time as Education Secretary have been controversial to say the least. His plans to make the British curriculum British has been regularly accused of completely neglecting foreign culture and would be a shift away from the much-loved poetry anthology of GCSE English.
Earlier in the year it was polled that more than 70% of NUT members thought that Gove and the coalition Government had had a negative impact on the state of education in the United Kingdom and his policies have previously been slammed by most teaching unions.
His increased amounts of funding put into free schools and his desire to have state schools matching up with private schools have been two of Gove’s controversial plans, plans that will no doubt leave their mark on the system long after Gove has left government.
Of course, it seems unlikely that the Gove-favoured free schools will last forever and his changes have made running a school seem akin to rocket science, but Gove took the bull by the horns and never seemed afraid to make enemies during his time as a minister.
Uniting the Kingdom
Whilst his policies may not outlast Gove his legacy, if you wish to call it that, most certainly will. He decided to push the boundaries no matter how much his most vocal opponents pushed against them.
Because of this and his radical changes Gove may not have been the most popular man in British politics. What he did do though was unite the electorate. He seemed to be the go-to guy for political disengagement.
In a time where education seems to have taken a knock from the government and during a four-year period where students in particular can feel hard-done buy, Michael Gove has managed to find himself the unifying butt of the political jokes. In fact recently going viral was a Slap Michael Gove game (which can be found here)
Through his controversial nature Gove’s educational policies have managed to pull a whole new generation of educators and students alike into the political world, forcing people to realise they do have a political opinion.
What did you think of the time under Gove? Are you a fan of the cabinet reshuffles?
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