Jimmy had a gentle dig at me over my comments about educational results in this post, to be fair Jimmy has shown a degree of humor in his comments so I won’t take them too much too heart.
I know that the subject of schools will come up in the future and I might as well cover my views on the subject now.
Jimmy’s point was that I didn’t care about the state school system because my boys were going to private school. Firstly this is a very hollow argument, I like to think that I have both empathy and sympathy for those in situations other than my own.
I am not gay but I support gay marriage, I am fairly well of but still want to fight poverty, my boys are going to a private school but I still want to improve the quality of education for those who cannot afford what I can afford.
I will not play politics with the future life chances of my children, not now, not ever. They are more important to me than anything else and if that means that I open myself up to a degree of attack, so be it. There is nothing hypocritical about my position, I would love to give everyone enough financial freedom to decide whether they wanted to send their children to a private school or not. I also want to give parents the choice of state school if that is what they want.
A lot of parents are wreaked with guilt about the state school/private school decision and go through extraordinary lengths to square the circle. Moving to a better catchment area, lying about their religious convictions, paying for after school tutors or driving across town adding to pollution and congestion just so that they can say “Of course Timmy goes to a state school”.
I make no apology.