I rarely use this blog to discuss politics, my family or my working life in detail. However!
Today I will apparently be "inconveniencing parents and damaging children's education" through the
withdrawal of my labour for one day.
One day to protest at the systematic dismantling of a state education system that provided me with the opportunity to learn and thrive because of dedicated teachers.
I am not striking because of the eroded pension rights, the performance related pay that will be based on a measure that is being removed; I am not striking because of the inception of a curriculum which has disregarded experts research over nostalgia for a "golden age" of Jennings.
I am striking because this government has taken the idea of child out of education. They do not seem to recognise that a developing human being is not a computer file to be filled with academic programming. They appear to believe that children are little blobs of unformed putty that can be shoved into the one size fits all box.
I am striking because whilst I will be expected to care for someone else's children from 8 until 6 each day, my own will not have right to my time and care. I am striking because the removal of non contact and rarely cover will mean that the preparation of lessons, materials and assessment of work will take what little time left for my family away from them. (When else will I have time to mark 60+ scripts per day? My children already think marking books is my hobby).
I am striking because children are being expected to perform academic tricks before they have learnt how to socialise, form relationships, learnt to communicate...
The loss of understanding of child hood is one of the most iniquitous parts of the current Early years plans. Our children do their learning how to learn in this crucial time; their most used question is Why? The constant corrosive testing of, failing of, ranking of young people is divisive. Fail often enough and you give up, Aren't you a level 4...don't forget you are a number.
Whether you agree or disagree with my choice of action is your personal opinion. However every other form of objection and protest has fallen on wilfully deaf ears and I have to make a stand somewhere.
Today I will be making my protest because if I don't how then do I have the right to object to the way our children are being treated.