He's inspirational and aspirational and I share his vision, but is he rational... what planet is he living on? No, I haven't signed up to the Gradgrind tendency, but his vision pretends that human fulfilment is possible without sewers, mines, window-cleaning, accountancy, fish-gutting, and a host of other occupations on which any creative and artistic superstructure can be built.
I detest the economically-driven utilitarian arguments about the purposes of education:
To achieve stable and sustainable growth, we will need a well-educated, well-equipped and adaptable labour force. To cope with rapid change and the challenge of the information and communication age, we must ensure that people can return to learning throughout their lives. We cannot rely on a small elite, no matter how highly educated or highly paid. Instead, we need the creativity, enterprise and scholarship of all our people.But don't knock it--within limits (and what those limits are is debatable...) --it's essential to make all the interesting stuff possible.
BLUNKETT D (1998) Foreword to The Learning Age: a renaissance for a new Britain
Department for Education and Employment Green Paper; London HMSO