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Are teachers part of the problem?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by STremlett, May 22, 2017.

  1. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    And good for you, that will be a path some can and do take.

    The important thing is that you're not calling absolutely everyone else who remains in teaching a coward.
  2. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    The answer is simple. There are literally thousands of schools round the country.

    If one had gone on strike until all threat of capability was removed, workload reduced, etc., then all the neighbouring schools would have to follow, or all the best staff would go to the first school.

    The fact that there are thousands of schools, and this hasn't happened in any of them is a fact, which is a pretty solid argument against hypothetical arguments that it would work, without any evidence.

    Harking back to a time when strikes did work, in different times, with different (anti) union legislation, when the public had a different view of teachers, doesn't help.

    We've had a series of rolling, one day strikes recently, and they were largely successful participation-wise. But they changed nothing. Indeed things just continued to get worse, and the only real difference was lost pay.
  3. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    I wouldn't call them rolling as they were not regular enough and participation was poor, particular in the vote for strike action. That is the biggest difference between the past and now in terms of likelihood of success.
  4. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    the one thing they did achieve was to reduce the wage bill. The most powerful action we could take IF we all took part, would be a work to rule. Working to contract, refusing to supervise any clubs, etc etc unless in directed hours published by the head would quickly impact schools and parents. At the same time it would free teachers up to do their main job properly. It would have to be focussed on letting teachers teach, not baby sit, data crunch or administrate.
    Compassman and Anonymity like this.

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