First of all, thank you to everyone who emailed, texted and phoned BBC 3CR after Monday’s breakfast show. Stephen Rhodes was inundated with support for three-tier. This shows what we can achieve just by adding something to this blog. Keep it up – we need to keep making a noise.
Some would say that this is a form of manipulation, but when many people all respond the same way from a simple request at the drop of a hat, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that we have genuine passionate support. Our views have authenticity…
…unlike the supporters of two-tier, who appear to be a handful of individuals involved in education. Unfortunately, these individuals are influential and they have the machinery of bureaucracy at their disposal. So official documents arrive in parents’ hands with recommendations to change to two-tier.
These documents have included often one-sided, sometimes misleading and occasionally inaccurate comments. Parents are busy people. They haven’t got time to research the other side of the story. They are used to accepting recommendations that at first glance appear authoritative and unchallengeable.
Many of these parents have voted for two-tier in the consultation process with no idea of the potential consequences because they were not allowed to hear both sides of the story. This, of course, would be one of our legal arguments should this ever come to Judicial Review.
The views of the two-tier lobby, when they present them in public, lack authenticity. They struggle to get popular support without controlling information flow. They have never been keen to debate in public with their opposition.
The thing about authenticity is that intelligent people in politics and the media will realise SMS are not the aggressive Luddites we have been made out to be by certain members of the educational establishment.
The truth is – we represent the majority of parents.