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Michael Gove and architecture

March 8, 2011 3 comments

Rowan Moore in Sunday’s Observer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/mar/06/michael-gove-architecture-in-schools.

So let’s see now, what kind of built environment assisted Michael Gove’s education? This, maybe?

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usbiography/g/images/robertgordon-450.jpg

Followed by this?

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3213/2951878639_05e4185ddd.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.qype.co.uk/ukj14-oxford/tag/old%2520lady&usg=___yPjincwXd6kKg-PbFn32Cj8MHM=&h=314&w=500&sz=108&hl=en&start=0&sig2=bk0r5yWINKr22ilgO_oqfw&zoom=1&tbnid=Bv3PaEQYYJ3sEM:&tbnh=122&tbnw=194&ei=VvN1TcKQMJG1hAfdv5mJBg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dlady%2Bmargaret%2Bhall%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1T4GGLL_enGB400GB400%26biw%3D1154%26bih%3D490%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=122&vpy=272&dur=890&hovh=178&hovw=283&tx=164&ty=93&oei=VvN1TcKQMJG1hAfdv5mJBg&page=1&ndsp=9&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0

And Gove is comparitively underpriveleged compared to many of his peers in Cabinet.

Clearly, architecture has no connection to education, and to create a flat playing field of opportunity we first have to create a flat field where certain rather fine buildings now stand, or at least replace such structures with 1950s concrete hulks that smell of mouldy baked beans, being kneed in the groin behind the bike sheds, and generally put you in your place before you’ve even found it. Vive the architect-free revoution!