I was a teacher for eight years and a teacher educator for eleven year. I've dedicated my life to education because I believe in the power of education to improve society and the lives of individuals within it. To acheive this, education cannot be treated as if it is a private good. Every child has the right to the best education to enable them to develop their human powers fully. Every state school should be dedicated to all of our children and treat each child with equal respect and value. Local schools are appropriate in a democracy so that there is democratic accountabilty rather than power being concentrated in the hands of the wealthy. Teachers, from my experience, require the same healthy environment as children to develop their capacity as teachers and as human beings responsible for the development of children. These values and beliefs continue the aspirations of the Enlightenment which aimed at truth, liberty and justice. Education must be protected and I support the LSN as a camapaign which helps us acheive that.