I have never professed to be the most clued up on politics. It bores me.
I'm sorry, it does.
As an employed, middle class man with a reasonable wage. Tax, welfare, and health have little impact on my daily life. Austerity? I can't say I've really noticed to be honest, neither have most people I associate with. No matter what colour you support I find it hard to see how there will be anything different happen. (Just my personal opinion.)
It seems to me that education is an excellent distraction device, it is something everyone can relate to. Everyone had it, they may have liked it or not. Done well or not. Lots of people think they know about it, even if they are the ones saying, "When I was at school..." and people have children who are at school, so it affects them directly.
"Is little Cynthia happy?"
"Is Algenon going to achieve Level 5 in Maths?"
"I hope that Lucius passes his Y1 Phonics check."
"Am I sure that this homework is sufficiently challenging for Sacharissa?"
It gets people over excited, like this:
Mr Gove was a Master of this distraction - he upset people, that was his job, because while he upset people and made his insane, self serving changes, filling up column inches, Twitter, Blogs and news time. People were distracted.
It is a masquerade, they are not thinking of the children, they are preventing us from thinking about other things. While the press demolish the teaching profession further as lazy, complaining loafers with long holidays and tell the rest of the nation how teachers are stuck in the past and unwilling to change and progress. They aren't having to talk about how the 'Bankers' (remember them?) are still getting HUGE bonuses and how politicians can fill a room to discuss their pay rise but no one turns up to discuss welfare reform or child abuse inquiries...
But don't get distracted by curriculum, assessment, testing reforms. Free Schools and qualifications are not the focus.
"Will somebody, please, think of the children?!"
Yes, we will.
Professional and Dedicated.
@headguruteacher Tom Sherrington puts it best: