Parents have a crucial role to play in supporting children's learning and the successful implementation of Curriculum for Excellence, Cabinet Secretary for Education Fiona Hyslop said today.
Naughty Mister Bishop Hill is more than a little sceptical of the efforts, as he sees them—even going to far as to call it "turgid bilge".
I've written before about the refusal of my children's school to allow parents to see the curriculum that's being taught, so Ms Hyslop's turgid meanderings ring pretty hollow in these 'ere parts. Having refused me, the school informed the school council (that's the board of governors to you) that a summary of the curriculum would be prepared and released to parents. This was just after Christmas. Now, they have "changed their minds" and we are told to wait until the new term starts in the autumn.
And if you believe that you'll believe anything.
So if you'll excuse me, Ms Hyslop, I think you're not actually telling the truth. I think you don't want parents playing any role in their children's education at all.
Oh, silly Mister Hill; you haven't go the message, have you?
It isn't about you being able to influence what your children learn at school, but what the government can force you to teach your children at home. Silly boy!
Much though they may deny it, the government has noticed that our education standards aren't up to much. Even they might apply the word "shit" to the quality of British state education (although not in public, obviously).
However, the last thing that they are going to do is to let you insignificant parents influence learning: you might teach your children naughty things like "the state is not your friend" and "government always does things badly". You may even teach them that the British Empire wasn't all bad or—if you are extra specially naughty—you might even teach them some science that pooh-poohs global warming. Or you may teach them some actual history with hard facts. Like the body count in Communist Russia, or Communist China, or something.
So, what will happen is that the school, a.k.a. the goverment, will set the agenda. You will then be given tasks, of the government's devising, that are "crucial" in "supporting children's learning" and, if you don't do them, you will be reprimanded and then fined.
It's really very simple, Mister Hill; you have confused the idea that you have a "crucial role to play in supporting children's learning" with the notion that you may be able to influence what it is that your children learn.