"If ever you are unable to get your child to/from school due to family illness....please consider using a local taxi firm to transport your child........all the drivers are very good with unaccompanied children"
I was absolutely appalled, horrified and disgusted to read that. The headteacher of a primary school (aged up to 11 years old), is basically stating that ALL children should be accompanied at all times, and that he would be delighted for 600 taxi's to arrive at the school gates every morning and afternoon!
So I wrote a letter:-)
You can read the whole text here, but it basically outlines all the reasons why taking taxi's to school is wrong:
- Children are constantly being told to be more active
- Government & local authorities & schools all run active campaigns to get parents to stop driving their kids to school & start walking.
- Cars cause pollution, especially cold & idling cars
- Pollution is bad for the environment - and schools teach ecological living!
- pollution causes asthma - a massive problem in today's kids
- The police did a spot check on local taxi's last week & 1/3 were defective or unroadworthy
- Children do not have to use child seats in taxi's
- An enormous % of child road deaths happen outside of schools, usually school run cars killing pedestrians
- Taxi drivers are not CRB checked, and ther are a large number of bogus firm operating. 10 women are raped in "taxi's" each week. Yet the school is happy to assure us ALL the drivers are very good with unaccompanied children!
- Taxi's cost money - discriminating against the poorer families, and leading to bullying
- The DfES & HSE state that children need to be taught to be "risk aware" not "risk adverse" and they only do that by experiencing risk!
- Repeat my immoral, unethical, unsafe, unprofessional & expesive argument from the post below about parental choice
But I haven't sent it yet. I think I should. Aggie thinks I shouldn't rock the boat.
I was intending to CC it to the "old" school, and some local media.
What do you think. Should I send it?