I get fed up with the stick that UK schools get if they have to close because of bad weather. The headlines in our anti-school gutter media go on and on that schools are giving in too easily. It wouldn't happen abroad. Well, it does. http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/school-closures-due-to-tuesday-s-storm-1.2779502 In this case a whole load of schools in Montreal closed today, one of them Vanguard School in St. Laurent which was a school I went to. It is in the middle of a highly populated urban area and pretty much all of the kids could walk to school. As a child I remember many school closures. Even though the Canadians are well used to snow and have plenty of resources to deal with it, they know when to step back and let nature take its course. In the UK however, there is great pressure to keep our schools open no matter what. And why -- partly because we don't value our teachers and our children's education like the Canadians do theirs, but mainly because UK schools are simply considered one big child minding service. In the Midlands where I live, we get snow only every two or three years so it is quite reasonable for the community to shut down. But no, we are at the beck and call of parents who just want to dump their kids on us because they have to go to work and don't want to take on their responsibility to provide child care. Education pretty much stops in schools anyway when there is a lot of snow. The children come to school in totally inappropriate clothing, and sit in class cold, dripping wet and complaining all day, their suffering further increased by the inadequate heating systems. Unhealthy and unproductive, but great copy for the gutter media to once more have yet another go at lazy teachers.