slim said:This experiment has been tried and it failed. Admittedly it was only with one person, a young boy. He was given all the advantages of a privileged education and at the end of it reverted to type.
I know that not all children are in care for bad behaviour and I think that if the system is going to have any success at all it should be these children who benefit.
I would suggest that the value of the 'experiment' you quote is non existant, it has no scientific value what ever, where as sending a substantial number would probably give us a better idea of the effectiveness of the approach. As it costs less than 'care' it is well worth trying.
Your comments on the 'safri holidays' was equally incorrect, such programmes despite their labels by the 'hang em high' brigade have been shown time and time again to reduce re-offending. Now if it reduces the number of victims, which should after all be our first interest, is it not a viable way forward. I might add that a fair number of those who have actually been on such programmes would not see them as a 'reward'.
As for children in care considering the state many actually come out of care in I would suggest that the potential opportunity from attending a minor public school is what we owe them.