I am someone who is sceptical of government initiatives; sceptical of the latest duty that we have to comply with; sceptical whether government policies actually have much impact on the ground other than make work for us to do and provide Ofsted with a stick to beat us.
But I am not sceptical about the rise of fascist and proto-fascist organisations in this country who march and gather on the streets in immigrant communities to promote fear and hatred.
I’m not sceptical when an MP is murdered by a far-right extremist.
And I’m not sceptical about the continued rise in attacks and hostility against Muslims in this country.
I’m not sceptical when I cycle through Hendon in the morning sometimes and I see security guards outside every Jewish infant school and every Jewish primary school and when I hear recently that Jewish cemeteries in Hendon have been vandalised and desecrated.
And I’m not sceptical when I hear students at schools not far from here in London have disappeared and are then seen again taking part in some crazy religious war thousands of miles away.
Or when a place just yards away from the hotel I stayed in Berlin in October was attacked by a mindless zealot with a lorry and no humanity.
And, so, yes, I do think this is something to do with us, and I do think we have a responsibility to educate the young people in our charge to think critically and sceptically themselves, to base their views on evidence and not just faith.
And so, yes, I do think the Prevent agenda is something to do with us and something to take seriously.
I think it would be a good start to remove religion from schools, except comparative studies and private, individual practice. People should be free in my opinion to choose and practise any religion they want in any way they want. But it can’t be right that there is a legal duty on schools to have a daily act of worship of a predominantly Christian nature. And I don’t think it’s right that so many schools are religious: Catholic, C of E, Muslim, Jewish schools all over the place. Let’s separate education, which is a social function, from religion, which is a private and individual choice. Let’s allow students of any religion to attend any school and, in that way, seek to mix them up as much as possible so that they encounter people from different communities.