After mentioning in today’s newsletter that I was getting more militant in my opposition to private schools, I received some pushback and a request for me to explain my position.
I don’t like people paying for their children’s education.
I don’t like people having to pay for their own education.
I don’t like school league tables leading to ‘parental choice’.
I don’t like education being used as a ‘political football’.
I don’t like people moving houses to get their children into ‘good’ schools.
I don’t like selective schools, such as grammar schools, that ‘cream off’ the ‘best’ students.
I don’t like faith schools, especially when it leads to parental hypocrisy.
I do like people sending their children to the local comprehensive.
I do believe in a broad education.
I do like schools at the centre of communities.
I do like people getting involved in the education of not just their own children, but that of other people’s.
I do like the state paying for education to whatever level you want to aim for.
I do like people refusing to compromise on their educational values when it comes to their own children.
I do like people walking the walk.
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