THEIR IS NO GREATER RESPONSIBILITY THAN BEING A PARENT.

THERE IS NO GREATER RESPONSIBILITY THAN BEING A PARENT. From birth your child or children become the focal point of your life. You hope to be able to raise them safely and point and encourage them to build a good life for themselves. As they grow up and start to become mobile you need anContinue reading "THEIR IS NO GREATER RESPONSIBILITY THAN BEING A PARENT."

THEIR IS NO GREATER RESPONSIBILITY THAN BEING A PARENT.
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THERE IS NO GREATER RESPONSIBILITY THAN BEING A PARENT.

From birth your child or children become the focal point of your life. You hope to be able to raise them safely and point and encourage them to build a good life for themselves. As they grow up and start to become mobile you need an awareness of where they are, who they are with, the minute they are no longer in your direct view.

When they get to five you entrust some of those responsibilities to a local school. You rely on the teachers and staff to look after your child’s safety when you can no longer be with them all the time. As many parents both work you may have had to trust a childminder or pre school organisation, even earlier than five.

Until recently it was very unusual for parents to distrust these education professionals but that is changing. The education system is being politicised with the Scottish Government seeking to impose their social policies through instructing teachers to follow instructions by introducing controversial political policies being introduced to the curriculum then issuing strict guidelines on how these topics are taught in the school.

Worse, in the sure knowledge, that many of these issues would meet resistance from parents, formal instruction and guidance is issued to teachers telling them not to tell parents about certain reactions from THEIR children as they seek to bend the children to the Government’s political will. Likewise teachers are well warned that resistance from them will not be tolerated. THIS IS STATE BULLYING.

A recent example is the sex survey that is totally invasive asking questions many adults would refuse to answer. Totally inappropriate, potentially damaging and much of the data will be of little use. I say that because I know, even in my times at school, males will answer that they have much more sexual experience than reality, while many females will probably do the opposite.

Worse when asked to confirm the survey was anonymous, initially the Government argued that it was, indeed it was being promoted on that basis. It was only after persistent challenge that it was later admitted that the survey, which did not require names, did include a “ candidate number” that allowed individual identification if required. THAT IS NOT HOW TO WIN PARENTS TRUST.

Trust between parents and teachers is crucial in education. In my view that is being increasingly risked by trying to force political social issues through the education agenda. How dare they instruct teachers to hide information from parents?

This political interference is not restricted to schools, NHS staff were issued and encouraged to wear “rainbow” badges as part of their uniform. This is outrageous political interference in public services. There is a huge difference between permitting nurses to do so and issuing them to staff and stating that the Government would hope staff would wear them. That is about as close to state bullying as you can get without crossing the line.

I would hope teachers unions and the NHS staff organisations would take an interest in the attempts to use their members to force feed the Government’s wishes on the public. Even if you agree with the issues involved you should be aware that the same thing can happen in the future on issues which you strongly oppose once the precedent has been established.

These moves by the Scottish Government are foolish, they alienate some staff, build a sense of distrust between parents and teacher and set a dangerous precedent that normalises political interference in public services. Political interference that may be extended by  Governments, of perhaps different political allegiances, in the future.

How could you object to a Tory Westminster Government in the future involving staff in departments still funded and operated from London from wearing some politically motivated badge and being instructed/ encouraged to do so?

These processes have cost money and time that would be better spent on improving core services. Running efficient services is much more important than running “ politically correct” flam and nonsense.

I AM, AS ALWAYS

YOURS FOR SCOTLAND

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