Inspired by Helen’s letter to Ed Balls from her blog.
Dear Mr Balls
I will not give up this fight. These are my children, not yours, not the state’s. I will choose with them what they learn, and we will not follow any curriculum determined by remote politicians in Westminster, even though we may appear to follow curriculum here already. The point is that we choose how and when, and I will not allow you to test or grade my children or my teaching. That is my business and my responsibility, not yours.
I will not submit to your licensing arrangements, nor will your inspectors interview my children alone. Even if they were criminals they would have representation and rights, and you seem determined to trample on those rights without any cause or justification.
I will not accept the manipulation of figures you are trying to use to justify your invasion of my family’s privacy, and I will not back down or run away. I will continue to spread the word, blow bubbles, support my friends and pester politicians, committees and journalists, making life as difficult for you as I can.
I have never voted labour, and you have guaranteed I never will. I am even considering becoming a conservative activist to ensure that you do not get back in at the next election, and trust me, I’ve never considered that before.
You will not destroy my right nor interfere with my responsibility to raise my children as I see fit, and I will work to ensure that all of my children, even the one not yet born gets to live and learn outside of your surveillance and database state.