Governor Brown

I’m sure you won’t have missed that I’ve been approved as a school governor for Haberdashers’ Aske’s by Steve.

Last night I had an invitation to an annual education lecture that they run. The subject for the evening was ‘Education and the Arts’ and our speaker was Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, DBE.

I’m afraid Dame Judith lost my attention, I couldn’t understand what, if any, point she was making; beyond a long advert for the Royal Operal House. I found it akin to someone reading out their annual report; lots of stuff on what they do with children and young people and assertions that the Arts were an integral part of education and civilisation, but not much to demonstrate the claims.

I couldn’t help but note the irony as it just so happens that I used to be a bag carrier for an MP who sat on the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee back in the late 1990s, just when the Opera House was in the papers on an almost weekly basis. I remember my MP coming back from sessions with the management and governance teams fuming at how little they were prepared to do to extend their educational output despite the quite large amounts of public money they were asking for.

Now, of course, Dame Judith claims they are leading the world.

Perhaps the one interesting claim that Dame Judith made was that they were trying to compete with football for an audience. If so maybe there’s some learning to be done between the ROH and Millwall. Though I doubt that Millwall would be half as full if they were charging as much as the Opera House

So not an entirely satisfactory evening for me, but others seemed pleased enough.

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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9 Responses to Governor Brown

  1. Lone Ranger says:

    To cut a long story short…what you saying is, come the revolution she and her ilk would be one of the first up against the wall? πŸ˜‰

  2. andrewkbrown says:

    That’s a bit extreme – I’m just not sure I’d invite her to give an after dinner speech.

  3. When he appointed you, did you proclaim: “I am governor Andrew Brown, my aura smiles and never frowns, soon I will be pres-id-ent!”? (got to get a music reference in there, somewhere!)

  4. andrewkbrown says:

    Yes, and I then went on to proclaim, “I will command all of you. Your kids will meditate in school.” But whether anyone believed me is another matter. πŸ˜‰

  5. I’d expect nothing less really.

    I’ll leave the opposition to ascribe what “Mellow out or you will pay!” relates to.

  6. Lone Ranger says:

    With the references to South America and the apparent anti establishment talk, I thought revolution was in the air.

  7. andrewkbrown says:

    Oh I leave all that sort of thing to right wing military types and lefty fantasits. πŸ˜‰

  8. If I was the Socialist Party group I could understand them getting jittery the next time adoption of the reserve forces is on the council agenda…

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