Mr Gove, education is about much more than classrooms

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Talking of things – and people – that annoy me, Education Secretary Michael Gove and his dictatorial approach to children being taken out of school for holidays is also on the list.

Apparently it is going to be announced that authorised absences for holidays will be stopped, because a child’s education is more important than a family holiday.

Yes and no. Education isn’t just about sitting in a classroom is it? Surely it’s about using the skills learned – like maths, geography and history – in context.

That’s what holidays can offer (especially when they’re 50 per cent cheaper if you go a few days before end of term).

If Mr Gove is so concerned, maybe he should insist schools quit showing movies on the last day of term?