From Bob Glover, Lake:
I CANNOT express enough my delight the law has prevailed over anarchy by upholding the government’s stand against removing children from schooling during term time at the whim of their parents.
Jon Platt represents the most selfish of parents, who want a cheap holiday for themselves and use their children as an excuse with no consideration of the trauma this causes them.
I know from experience still painfully remembered from my annually interrupted schooldays that ended 60 years ago.
As a grammar school student, I had not only core subjects but languages and, worse still, Latin to learn.
Playing catch up was so difficult I gave up on the more difficult subjects and left school with only art and craft qualifications, way below my potential.
Teachers had enough to do teaching 35 other boys in my class and understandably lost patience trying to give me one-on-one attention.
There was also the alienation I suffered because of the disruption my reappearance caused.
Even friendships were hard to keep because of this disruption and misguided jealously.
My schooldays became traumatic and I dreaded having to go to school.
Leaving school under-qualified for the career path I was hoping for, I had to settle for less and attend evening classes for two years to get qualifications in English and maths.
With the homework added to the time this took, I lost out on enjoying my teenage years and friends at this important time.
So the pain went on.
But, of course, my parents enjoyed their cheap holidays.