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Mahatma Gandhi once said:

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yes you can!

Dear Ivor

The rose coloured glasses have slipped a bit today, didn’t take long! I have been pondering your list of educational shortcomings, inspired no doubt by the quote from Gandhi “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.".

In October 2005 Tony Blair said that parents could be one of the driving forces behind educational change. Did we take up that opportunity, or did we turn over the page, switch over the channel and think yes parents should do that? Were we those parents, did we accept the challenge?

Recently you and I have discussed at length, ranted occasionally and generally bemoaned the state of our education system and Aunty Gladys informs me you have even taken to regularly emailing Ed Balls!

You do realise that our names will be added to some anti-government database somewhere, a copy of which will be transferred to a dongle, left in a pub car park and then be accessed across the world. Is Little Uppity ready to be catapulted into the media spotlight?

Invasion by the press of a small Kent village aside, did anything major happen after this speech, or does a general indifference also extend to our children’s education. If we really wanted teachers to be paid more and class numbers to be smaller wouldn’t we all write to our MP, only vote for a party that promised this and demonstrate on the streets until it was delivered? Would we be prepared to do this and this? Or are we really more interested in this, petrol prices?

Have we got the government we deserve?

One person can make a difference. And how good would we feel if we could say that it was our generation that turned around education and demanded that our money was spent on things that we value? Once we start concentrating on what’s important you never know what other things may just fall into place.

To make a start sign this petition, quickly as it only runs until 11th Feb.

Poll xx

PS You have been a bit quiet today, are you up to something?