Tuesday 29/01/2013 16:11Category: Education
Why it's not acceptable for politicians to send their children to private schools.
1. Education is a basic right that we are all entitled to.
2. Access to education should not be related to an ability to pay.
3. The quality of education provided should be the same for all, regardless of wealth or status.
If the quality of education provided by your local state school is, in your view, not acceptable for your children, why should it be acceptable for mine? Instead of ignoring/bypassing the problem by paying for your children to go to private schools, do something about the quality of education for all of us - as a politician you have the power to make a real difference. Stop playing politics with our education system and stop blaming state schools for everything. The vast majority of state schools provide an excellent, broad education, and prepare children well for the real world. The simplistic measures used to judge 'outstanding' schools take little real account of the cohort of students themselves, or their family backgrounds, but just assume low scores on simplistic measures mean the schools are no good. Ah, or is that the point - you actually don't want your children mixing with the broad spectrum of children and families that make up the majority of the population and make this country such a rich and diverse place to live?
If your local school isn't as good as it should be, do something about it!