Thursday, June 21, 2012

'I love Michael Gove', but...



The MSM today is full of more good news of the greatest of glad tidings in the continuing education revolution, which is irritating the hell out of socialist-inclined teaching profession (ie 99.85% of them) and their guardian Marxist unions, to whom Secreary of State Michael Gove is "'an evil entity' bent on 'demolishing state schools' who is surrounded by 'cronies' and pursuing 'fetishes' while 'terrorising teachers' and empowering 'vultures'" (h/t Paul Goodman for the summary).

Having sent a King James Bible to every state school (how many politicians would have done that?), and having demolished Lord Leveson in defence of liberty, the fearless Gove has taken an axe to to GCSEs and announced the return of O-levels (for the academically able) and CSEs (for those less so). After decades of breastfeeding, the nation's children are to be weaned off milk onto beef: the 'gold standard' is to return, we read, accompanied with the abolition of the National Curriculum.

And so, once again, Michael Gove is being talked of a potential prime minister, and Paul Goodman has penned a love letter.

His Grace loves Michael Gove, too. But...

There can be no real abolition of the National Curriculum while the state determines the the content and rigour of the qualifications: the two are mutually integrally contingent. By all means, heap your praises upon the man, but the contradictions and tensions remain.

On one day we read that all children are to be forced encouraged to recite poetry; the next, teachers are to be put in charge of children's learning. One day we are told that the EBacc will include English, maths, two sciences, a language and humanity (ignoring the arts and RE); the next, the National Curriculum is to be abolished. If the country's primary qualification to certify completion of a 'rounded education' is prescriptive, then it follows that the National Curriculum is necessarily sustained.

Any move to dilute, devolve and deregulate the National Curriculum is unlikely to lead to a strengthening of educational provision: school governors, heads and teachers will simply invoke the liberties granted by the Academies Bill 2010 to base their educational ethos on the magic breathing philosophy of Goldie Hawn, on the Islamic principles of sharia, or on Dawkins’ extremist atheism.

It is strange indeed, not to say something of a contradiction, that the academy or ‘free school’ movement, which proposes to permit local groups of parents and teachers the autonomy to develop their own curricula and forge a distinct educational ethos, should simultaneously have imposed upon it a standardised national history syllabus which is to be written by Niall Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson has his views and his version of history. But an awful lot of academic historians, history teachers, and teaching organisations disagree with him. How does that equate with less prescription, yet an imposed centralised curriculum?

Michael Gove cannot have it both ways.Either one trusts parents and teachers or one does not.Either one is prescriptively imposing a centralised national curriculum or one is not.

And if this right-wing, Christian, Whiggish Secretary of State is permitted by Act of Parliament to demand that academies and free schools teach a particular view of history or encourage children to recite poetry, then his successors will be endowed with that very same authority to ensure the teaching of whatever leftist, globalist, multi-faith, multi-cultural or ‘environmentalist’ creed he or she requires.

With the advantage that 99.85% of teachers and 100% of the teaching unions are far more disposed to such a worldview.

So, when we laud Michael Gove for placing an emphasis on the rigorous study of traditional subjects and the reintroduction of difficult exams rather than wasting time on what he calls 'pseudo-subjects' and inspid GCSEs, let us not forget he forgets that Goldie Hawn’s school will be free to prioritise the technique of breathing over sentence structure and poetry recital (though the latter may well assist with breathing techniques).

And when Mr Gove encourages a focus on the teaching of language and literature, his ‘greats’ of Shakespeare and Chaucer are not going to be everyone’s: there will be one or two governor-bishops who might want the list expanded to include Herbert, Donne, Newman, Hopkins, Eliot, Chesterton, Greene and Belloc. But the final list of these 'greats' will ultimately be determined by the state's qualifications agency (or appointed quango), which necessarily remains responsible for developing the curriculum, improving and delivering tests and assessments, and reviewing and reforming qualifications.

His Grace's love for Michael Gove is not unconditional.

44 Comments:

Blogger Jon said...

It's a difficult one. Educational postcode lottery or one-size fits all statist bureaucracy.

21 June 2012 at 10:07  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

One of the main things that seems to be missing from education today is what we used to call "General Knowledge". This seems to be on the basis that if you need to know anything, you can look it up in Wikipedia, so there is no point in learning random facts. They don't seem to recognise that one can't look up such facts when one is in the middle of a conversation, and the absence of such knowledge makes one look plain stupid.

21 June 2012 at 10:14  
Blogger Youthpasta said...

Wouldn't the answer be to have a wider variety of examining boards for all subjects and give schools the freedom to pick and choose which one's content they prefer? That way we have a school-defined curriculum that also fits with the examination technique used to establish the ability in particular areas of the students.

21 June 2012 at 10:17  
Blogger Gareth said...

@English Pensioner: Actually there are much better educaitonal reasons for wanting to teach General Knowledge: http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2000/LookItUpSpring2000.pdf

But of course we teachers are always told that teaching content is outdated. What young people need are "21st Century Skills". They need to contruct a "learning journey" and "learn how to learn".

Gove's reforms aren't going to mean a damn thing until two things happen:

1) Teacher training courses (both initial and ongoing) stop spouting useless 'progessive' dogma, and
2) Some way of solving the behaviour crisis in schools has been found.

I have very little hop of either of these two conditions being met. I truly hate being a teacher sometimes

21 June 2012 at 10:54  
Blogger Gareth said...

I know what some of you are going to say about my above post and I entirely blame my keyboard.

21 June 2012 at 11:08  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

"Gareth said...21 June 2012 11:08

I know what some of you are going to say about my above post and I entirely blame my keyboard."

I do hope none of your pupils are reading your post or you will be inundated with a plethora of like minded excuses to Sir?..My dad's computer was hacked by the Nigerian scammers and they stole my homework, I finished my homework but then I deleted it by accident, Aliens took it as a sample of human handwriting, The nice man with the sign says ‘THE END IS NIGH’. No one does homework on the eve of the apocalypse. (Last two are for Atlas shrugged) *Huge chortles*

Ernst

21 June 2012 at 11:36  
Blogger Edward Spalton said...

The National Curriculum is an object lesson in the power of the "progressive" educational establishment to ambush government's good intentions. When it started out, the idea was that it would be a very basic "Three Rs" requirement to overcome the problem of illiterate and innumerate children emerging at the end of 11 years of "education".

It was gradually made more and more elaborate, prescriptive and jargon-laden. Combined with the dumbing down of exams, it covered up the fact that so many teachers are simply not up to the job after the sort of indoctrination they receive in teacher training.

The problem is a cross-party one. In the late Eighties (I think) a chap called Martin Turner produced definitive evidence that reading and writing standards had declined since 1945 (a time when very large classes were often taught by teachers called out of their retirement or hastily trained "dilutees"). So vastly increased "resources" (much beloved of the teaching unions) were either ineffective or counterproductive in raising standards..

Turner received the thanks of the government but was disciplined by his employer, a Local Education Authority, for giving the game away. It was a Conservative authority.

21 June 2012 at 11:37  
Blogger bluedog said...

Michael Gove for PM? Has anybody asked Boris if he will step aside?

21 June 2012 at 12:34  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

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21 June 2012 at 13:17  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Gareth
Hope you're not using taxpayer's time to blog.

Ernsty
You missed one.

Sir? I tried to do my homework but I had tolook after my granddad Ernsty. He suffers from confusion and needs regular walks around the pond to talk to the ducks. He just wouldn't stop talking.
*Gently Giggles*

The Dude

21 June 2012 at 13:22  
Blogger English Standard said...

Shouldn't this post mention England somewhere as UK govt Education policy applies to England only?

Notice how Scotsman Gove is the having English history syllabus written by Scotsman Niall Ferguson? Lovely. Expect even more anti English Brit propaganda filling our children's minds. The sooner the English get out of this rotten 'Union' the better.

21 June 2012 at 13:59  
Blogger bwims said...

Sorry Your Grace, but I think you may be confused. As one who dropped out at the end of a PGCE certificate because I did not want to become an expert in crowd control, I can tell you that the National Curriculum more or less contains the exact lessons required for each granule of the subject.

When I took my GCE O-Levels, all that was needed was a syllabus and text book for the student and teacher. Have you seen the NC? Enormous volumes of micromanagement.

With a syllabus, the teacher is free to be creative, and include lots of interesting stuff, or leave out boring stuff, depending on the class, like in the good old days, when some kids enjoyed school.

21 June 2012 at 14:11  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Gove's heart is in the right place I'm sure, but should the Education Secretary not be consulting first and foremost the likely employers on what they want to see from students and not what self serving academy boards and silly university accountants want to give them?

The Bible stunt is a mistake.

21 June 2012 at 15:22  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Dreadnaught

The "employers" being:

- the children;
- their parents:
- local education authorities;
- minority 'interest groups';
- industry and professions;
- universities.

Education, being a state funded, public service will always have to balance competing interests and priorities. It also has bigger purposes than producing labour for the economy.

Why do you think the distribution of bibles was a mistaken stunt?

21 June 2012 at 15:47  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Not forgetting the Churches too!

21 June 2012 at 15:50  
Blogger IdiotZoo said...

Sadly the Bible stunt was a mistake. What exactly did Gove think schools were going to do with it? There were many wonderfully creative ways that all schools could have been encouraged to mark the King James. Unfortunately Gove just sent schools a single copy. Most probably already had one.

It's this lack of imagination, with more than a dash of arrogance, that marks Gove's approach to education reform. It's sadly rather regressive.

Many things probably do need to change, but the attitude reflected by his Grace that most teachers are "socialist-inclined" and protected by their "guardian Marxist unions" is, I'm quite sure, not backed up by any practical first hand experience of the modern teaching profession.

And it is just that you know, a profession. Staffed by professionals, many who work very, very hard; long days and lots of extra time to do the best by the children they serve.

His Grace, and Gove, may rarely agree with them, but simply teacher bashing is hardly any way to promote reform of education. Rather it's too easy to write off as a few privileged toffs promoting a rose tinted view of how education used to be.

21 June 2012 at 15:53  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

IdiotZoo

Of course teachers are a professional group. And like all professionals have their own interests to promote and preserve. However, I do agree they are, in the main, a dedicated and hard working group. Their unions are not helpful in projecting this image.

If I hire a professional to do some work on my house then I expect him to use his skills to do what I ask, not redesign my home the way he thinks best suits me. Teachers, social workers, doctors, nurses and politicians, amongst other such groups, need to be reminded of this.

21 June 2012 at 16:12  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

DoDo

'It also has bigger purposes than producing labour for the economy'

No - not bigger, wider in compass of course, but not bigger. Without producing the minds and means needed that innovate and create the wealth of the nation, we would not be a nation at all.

Distributing bibles should be left to the Gideons or any other self funded outfit and certainly not with secular/non-Christian taxpayers money. I would be surprised if there weren't bibles already in the schools if religious studies are still included in the curriculum.

21 June 2012 at 16:18  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Dreadnaught

I'll settle for wider purposes. Agreed we need minds capable of innovating and creating the material wealth of our nation. Would you also accept the wider function is fashioning people capable also of adding to the intellectual, spiritual and cultural wealth of the country too?

I suspect you regard religious groups as interest groups. If Gideons are permitted to distribute bibles to schools, what other groups might you include or exclude? Should teachers decide? Parents? Locl Authorities? Westminster?

And, the curriculum and just what 'truth' is taught, who would you see as determining this? I mean if children are to sit exams, set nationally, we want them to pass. And if some groups in society are prone to discrimination we need to guard their 'rights' too.

21 June 2012 at 16:58  
Blogger Gareth said...

Worry ye not, dodo, I am a part time teacher. Still, nice to be given the benefit of the doubt.

21 June 2012 at 17:13  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

dodo @21 June 2012 13:22

Quackers! ;)

Ernst

21 June 2012 at 17:40  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Gareth
Trust the professionals, what!

Ernsty
Not a quack, not a quack, not a waddle or a quack
But a glide and a whistle and a snowy white back


The Dude!

21 June 2012 at 18:03  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace. We need to get out of the mindset that all pupils deserve the same amount of resources spent on them. The Inspectors considered opinion is that you know how a child is more or less going to turn out at 11. So, with that in mind…

For the academically minded – Grammar Schools – to stretch the student’s mind

For the technically minded – Technical High Schools – to perfect these skills for tomorrows craftsmen and non graduate engineers

For the thickos – Secondary Modern – to at least teach them how to read and write and a bit of mathematics. No leaving school without those basics mastered. Any additional learning they might acquire should be considered the bonus it is.

Of course, some parents will object to the placing of their young Einstein. Well, hard bloody luck. Maybe if you encouraged your child to abandon his computer games and pick up a book or do something useful with his time it might not have come to this. But no, you were too busy watching East Enders then Coronation Street, weren’t you. You might want to consider scrimping and doing without to educate your genius privately, but that’s a laugh, it’s not going to come to that, is it. You care, but when it comes to putting your hand in your pocket, you don’t care enough…

One does believe that any behavioural issues will be confined to the sows ears of the third group. You can either tackle it there, or just ignore it as now. Truth is that group isn’t really worth bothering with…

21 June 2012 at 18:19  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector said ...

"For the thickos – Secondary Modern – to at least teach them how to read and write and a bit of mathematics."

How very dare you, Sir!

I failed my 11 plus and was certainly not technically minded. In your 'world' I would be designated a "thicko" and consigned to a class with the likes of our weasel friend. But for my Catholic Secondary School, today, in a parallel universe, I would be on benefit and possibly a "born againer"!

Urgent rethink needed, me thinks.

21 June 2012 at 18:30  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

DoDo

You are far too obviously trying to skew to skew this thread down the old worn out dead end street of dogmatic Catholicism or chatting up the ladies - whatever floats yer boat.

And now that it's finally stopped raining - I'm off for some fresh air and to commune with nature - well that's what I call it.

21 June 2012 at 18:32  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Dodo. A child such as yourself would no doubt have been near the top of achievement in a Secondary Modern, and thus draw attention to yourself. Opportunities would have presented themselves to go on to university or where ever your vocation would take you. The only downside you would have had to endure was possible class disruption by your fellow pupils...

21 June 2012 at 18:36  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Dreadnaught
I hope both nature and you enjoy your communing.

21 June 2012 at 18:37  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Actually, you are wrong about the actual teachers.
Most of them want to do a decent job - guess who goes inot administration, then?
you got it?
Also there are some scarily crypto-fascist teachers out there ... and 99.85% of THEM are SPORTS/PE TEachers.

Oops.

21 June 2012 at 19:35  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Gregory. Long time since the Inspector saw the term ‘crypto-fascist’. Indeed has been called the very same himself. If it takes crypto-fascism to sort out the education sector then so be it. And of course crypto-fascists are wise enough NOT to involve the profession. You people take the orders we give you. We’ve all had enough of overt socialist bullshit in teaching...

21 June 2012 at 19:49  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
Here is a salutary tale for all the Socialist minded individuals.

The £50 lesson.
Recently, while I was tending the flower beds in our front garden, my neighbours stopped to chat as they returned home after walking their dog.
During our cordial conversation, I asked their 12 year old daughter what she wanted to be when she grows up.
She replied that she wanted to be Prime Minister one day.
Her parents — both Labour voters — were standing there, so I asked her: "If you become Prime Minister, what would be the first thing you would do?"
She instantly replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."
Her parents beamed with pride!
"Gosh! What a worthy goal!" I said. "But you don't have to wait until you're Prime Minister to do that!"
"What do you mean?" she asked.
So I said: "You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, weed the borders and vegetable patches and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you £50. Then you can go down to the Town Centre, find a homeless man and give him the £50 to buy food."
She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless man come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the £50?"
"Welcome to the Conservative Party," I said.
For some reason, her parents don’t speak to me anymore.

21 June 2012 at 19:51  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Excellent stuff there Integrity, made the Inspector laugh so it did...

21 June 2012 at 20:03  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

Your Grace

The missing word in all of this is trust.

The state does not trust the teachers so the teachers need to be micromanaged to ensure that the state's will is done.

The feeling is that every one of our thousands of teachers are Marxists. The teacher unions are there to destabilise society and make us all live in wigwams in communes.

Rubbish. This is paranoia, you would not say that every doctor is trying to make you less well to give them more work. The feeling in the UK is that everyone is out to get me so I need to take every precaution. Child protection is further along the road but is the obvious route where we are going in everything.

We need to trust one another or we are nothing. Do we really want the state dictating everything? No trust, no individual responsibility.

“Hiding behind the rules” and creating more of them is a national pastime.

No where in the Bible does it tell us how to teach reading, but it does talk about loving your neighbour and loving God.

That does involve trusting your fellow man.

When I mention trust people laugh. It tells me so much about how far we have gone. Sorry but I don’t think a new reading scheme and some free schools will make much of a difference.

We need a fearless leader that will cut Government to zero and begin to trust people.

You have to admit the alternative of micro management with the threat of OFSTED has meant that schools have all the polices in place and nice pictures on the walls.

Phil

21 June 2012 at 20:54  
Blogger bluedog said...

English Standard @ 13.59, you are mistaken. The island of Britain that is principally occupied by England can only be properly defended if the entire island comes under one jurisdiction. Scotland and England are therefore in a symbiotic relationship which can not be broken without considerable risk. In short, neither English nor Scottish 'independence' is feasible.

As to your other points, everythibng one sees and hears of Michael Gove suggests that he is unfashionably British. The same applies to Ferguson, who shows no sign of Scottish chauvinism in thought, word or deed.

Try to rise above your own petty English chauvinism.

21 June 2012 at 21:47  
Blogger Roy said...

One of the main problems with the 11-plus was that it placed a considerable barrier to progress by late developers. In Germany and Scandinavia they have gymnasiums which are similar to our grammar schools but entry takes place at a higher age giving more chance to late developers.

21 June 2012 at 21:53  
Blogger The Gray Monk said...

There is a quick and easy way to imrpove education - sack the entire Department of Education and throw out all their 'guidance' on teaching, ban all the 'teaching methods that ignore the need to develop memory skills. The mantra that our children need these "learning journey plans" and the like is claptrap.

Give them a proper curriculum and some decent text books - preferably not the normal "Janet and John" versions written by someone with a bias against the English and their contribution to the world.

21 June 2012 at 22:06  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Gray Monk

Heavens above, man! The books are: Janet and Jenny, John and Julian and Janet and John.

Do keep up!

21 June 2012 at 22:12  
Blogger David B said...

I'm an ex teacher.

I hated the sort of one size fits all mixed ability classes and single exam system fashionable at the time my short lived teaching career took place.

I could understand the rationale for it, but I didn't think it realistic in practice and still don't.

This latest move of his, though, has led me to reassess my view of Gove to the point that my dislike of him is not unconditional.

David B

21 June 2012 at 23:11  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

Phil Roberts said...
Your Grace

Just because you are clearly paranoid, does not mean they are not out to get you. Because they are you know, they really are.

Please desist with the straw man arguments, no one has said that ALL, a majority, or even a sizable minority of school teachers are true Marxists or determined to destroy society as we thought we knew it.

However Marxism most certainly is.

If you do not believe me, then consult the expert on the subject, by reading a book by Karl Marx namely The Communist Manifesto.

School teachers are not evil, but they are as a general rule as thick as the pupils they fail to teach.

They cannot teach that which they do not know. Even the wisest only know a tiny proportion of what there is to know, and most school teachers fail to pass on even that tiny amount of knowledge to their over-trusting pupils.

In my considerable experience of school teachers they are to the main part, DRUNKEN FORNICATORS, highly confused ideologues, self-interested, self-obsessed, habitually lazy, over-paid, over-rated, 4th rate, middle-class college failures, who should not be allowed to teach their own children without supervision from a psychiatrist, never mind be entrusted with teaching other peoples.

As such the vast majority of them could not organize a piss up in a public house, most especially not without making all of the bar maids pregnant, therefore their chances of organizing a true Marxist revolution, even with the help of the creator himself, is absolute ZERO.

My respect for the teaching so called profession is on a par with that of politicians, lawyers, journalists, International bankers, and all other blood suckers.

My son is top of his class in all subjects, as was I at his age. I can perfectly assure you that everything he knows, and can do either myself or his mother taught him.

Any parent who leaves the education of their children exclusively to school teachers or TV, should be ashamed of themselves, and will soon enough suffer the consequences of their negligent child abuse.

22 June 2012 at 01:00  
Blogger non mouse said...

Your Grace: It might be relevant to consider personality traits of some who failed the 11+ ... especially among boys who did not get into grammar school.

On this blog, we suffered the domineering ego of one - a person from the NSS who sought to take over every thread. He continually bullied, patronised, and talked down to others who had passed, had honed their mental capacities, and who were clearly better informed, better educated, and/or intellectually superior. He seemed oblivious to the shortcomings of his own mind.

At the time, I observed that my brother was of that ilk. He had those traits before he was 11 and still has them. But nowadays I meet many others, seemingly ineducable, who proceed on similar principles as they enter "college" - for purely socio-economic reasons. They refuse to let education and educators help them to think. Indeed, if they can dominate the educators and impose their will on all about them ... that's what they do.

Thus we see another way of killing the goose that laid the golden egg. They are philistines, and they think that because they can't see something, it doesn't exist. Then, if truth and facts ever do get through the fog, they must try to subvert and undermine the people who revealed them and authored progress. They just can't let others be brighter than themselves. And they don't understand the need to nurture those minds if civilization is to maintain its gains, let alone to advance.

The more of them I meet, the greater my gratitude for the grammar school system (Christian RI included) that benefitted my generation. That's what we need now, based as it was on the principles that informed our forebears. As King Alfred had it: let those who have better things to do, do them. But encourage those who have the thirst for learning and literacy to seek out the great minds of all time: and perhaps to stand on their shoulders.

Let's go back and espouse our own way, where thinkers congregate and strike off each other without let or hindrance. From there we can adjust to our own technology.

[PS: Thank you, Your Grace, for providing a space that encourages such congregation].

22 June 2012 at 05:37  
Blogger non mouse said...

Oh -- and PS, Your Grace... to our list of literary greats: let them not omit Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, the Brontes, Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Thomas Hardy, Dickens, Mrs. Gaskell, Galsworthy, Conrad, Huxley, Orwell, Waugh, perhaps a little Wilde... why, even the Bible and Your Grace's own work warrant serious consideration as literature! (To say nothing of those wonderful Wesleyan hymns].

I say we have quite enough of our own; let those who decide to pursue foreign languages take up those literatures in their context and according to their lights. As we ever did.

22 June 2012 at 06:00  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

Atlas

Goodness!

You seem to quote me but the words are not anything I wrote, so I wondered if anyone else had written it either but nobody on this blog had either.

You cannot seriously believe all the stuff about teachers that you wrote.....surely? Drunken fornicators?

Anyway, why would God want to help the teachers arrange a "true Marxist revolution" and why do you keep your son at school when all he has learned you taught him. Would not home school be a better option?

Parent's meetings with you Atlas? I bet the teachers go and hide.

I doubt if they have time to see you, between having sex and getting drunk all over the place.

Drunken fornicators.. I must have chosen the wrong job

Phil

22 June 2012 at 17:51  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

New Opportunities in Teaching for recent graduates...

We are looking for young adults with the drive and motivation to teach the country’s youth. And not just any adults, we can reveal, but....

DRUNKEN FORNICATORS, highly confused ideologues, self-interested, self-obsessed, habitually lazy, over-paid, over-rated, 4th rate, middle-class college failures, who should not be allowed to teach their own children without supervision from a psychiatrist, never mind be entrusted with teaching other peoples.

If you fit the above description for what is required of teachers today, contact the Ministry of Education via the website. You could be a headmaster/mistress by the time you are 24 (...and a half...).

22 June 2012 at 19:26  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Atlas

Are school teachers - the DRUNKEN FORNICATORS variety - Catholic too by any chance?

22 June 2012 at 19:56  
Blogger Oswin said...

Atlas shrugged @ 01:00 with certain reservations, I agree with you.

The majority of teachers these days, are themselves the product of a 'Comprehensive' education' - the purblind leading the blind.

It's not really their fault; most want to do a good job, but they lack the basics and anyway, the 'system' soon kicks them into touch.

The real fault lies with those so-called 'educationalists' - as a breed, they ought to be fed to alligators. Not since Sir Rhodes Boyson has there been one been worth a tuppeny damn.

23 June 2012 at 19:02  

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