…”Because, as a public sector worker
, I’m simply better
One parent, who did not wish to be named, said the head's leave was "absolutely disgusting".
"I've been fined twice for taking my children out of school and I put in a request to take them out next year and it's been refused," she said.
"I think she should either give us an explanation why she is taking time off.... or at least grant people holiday to do it themselves."
No explanation will be forthcoming, proles. In fact, how very dare
you question your betters?
Chair of governors, Kevin Hunter, said Mrs Winder was "devoted, well-liked, extremely hardworking and effective".
"She made what we have judged to be a request for a week off during term time for personal reasons which we have judged appropriate," he said.
But then what else could be expected from the folks that scream merry hell about ‘vital education’ when you take your children out of school, yet see nothing wrong with going on strike at the drop of a hat?
The frightening thing is that this doesn't surprise me at all.
Education - like almost any other state monopoly - is a continuing proof of Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy:-
Iron Law of Bureaucracy
In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.
The poor wee lamb - teachers do not have enough holidays between terms,do they?
I'm reminded of a young teacher - an intelligent and otherwise reasonable chap - who said to me,
"That Gove, he's only interested in results. It's all about outcomes; he doesn't consider our working conditions at all!"
Bitter experience over several decades has confirmed that, all too often, close relationships between governors and the HMs they have appointed allow the latter to assume unreasonable degrees of autocracy and privilege with impunity. What governor is ever going to admit he or she made a mistake and appointed a wrong 'un?
It seems to me that Mrs Winder is amply demonstrating that she is unnecessary to the day-to-day running of the school and her salary should therefore be adjusted accordingly - aside from the obvious deduction for unpaid leave, of course.
"...a continuing proof of Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy:-"
"The poor wee lamb - teachers do not have enough holidays between terms,do they?"
"What governor is ever going to admit he or she made a mistake and appointed a wrong 'un?"
Never explain, never apologise seems to be their watchword.
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