I am the product of a family who believed strongly for the right of parents to privately educate their children. Up until recently I believed that I would exercise that right myself for my own children.
But I have now witnessed the unedifying spectacle of many middle class parents in my local state primary school trying to exit the state sector for the private whilst maintaing their self respect and left wing credentials.
They pay lip service to the idea of a 'big society' whilst always looking for ways to step back or separate themselves from it.
I want to be bold and embrace the idea of schooling my children with the people I live with no matter what their class, religion or financial circumstance because I believe that to be the way to creating a society that is dynamic and progressive not stagnate and regressive.