Dear Damian Hinds, spare schools those Protestant virtues of charity and thrift | Michael Rosen

The education department is trying to tell parents it’s noble for publicly maintained schools to be levying for glue One of the odd things about being a parent is that we get a pretty good picture of what’s going on in our children’s schools but it’s hard to know whether this is a peculiarity of that school or part of a pattern. This is ideal for you, because when a story surfaces about something going wrong in a school, it’s up to you to say whether it’s typical or just a one-off. For the past few months, I’ve been hearing and reading reports of cuts to school budgets , with consequent cuts in staff, subjects being taught , and maintenance of school premises. You and your department have tried to tell us this isn’t really the case and we have been served up the Protestant virtues of moderation, thrift, charity and efficiency instead. It suddenly becomes something noble that publicly maintained schools are levying parents for glue. Continue reading...

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