Insurers and not teachers at fault
In a recent letter ("Show backbone", Mailbox, January 30), your correspondent – Pensioner, Leicester – complains about the closure of schools by teachers in recent snowy conditions.
In the days described by the pensioner, which I also experienced, especially in the 1947 winter with its three-metre drifts, the situation was different.
One could leave money for the milkman in an empty bottle and no one stole the money or the milk.
There were fewer child sex offenders fed on internet pornography, so parents did not have to accompany their children to school.
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I walked two miles at the age of six, occasionally given a lift by an Army lorry passing by.
They were the days when insurance companies, on receiving a claim for injury as a result of tripping over a pavement, said if the slab protruded over an inch you should have seen it and if it was less than an inch it was de minimum (ie not worth considering).
As a society now (with few notable exceptions), we are greedy, money-orientated and will claim at the drop of a hat.
In this, we are ably assisted by the legal profession and judges. You only have to watch the TV for a short while for offers of "no win no fee" to come flying out of the screen.
So don't blame the teachers. They go to school even when it is closed to children. The children's safety is no longer governed by common sense, but by the strict rules imposed by the insurance companies.
Lastly, anyone imagining teachers have long holidays displays his lack of understanding of the reality.
Hours spent on school premises easily match the working hours of other professions. These are in addition to evenings spent marking the books and preparing lessons.
Michael Myers, Leicester.