I was just wondering about the state and status of teaching in countries such as the USA or, indeed, anywhere else, in comparison to the UK. For example, teaching is heavily politicised in the UK and the rhetoric, policy and approach changes with each successive government. Nothing ever quite 'settles' and it is a foregone conclusion that whatever Gove puts in place will be modified or dismantled should the ConLib Government be replaced in 2015. Examples include the introduction of a new GCSE Baccalaureate 'standard' and the downsizing of the benefit and status of vocational courses. Some education leaders are now calling for the introduction of skills for the workplace, without mentioning the Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS) of the diplomas that many schools are integrating anyway. Even if PLTS are a bit 'woolly' (and it was very woolly and box ticking at my last school) the framework does exist and should be encouraged further before another task force comes up with the same thing in (the emperor's) new clothes. Add into this the shocking snobbery and ill-informed rantings of 'top' universities about the quality of some A level subjects and their changing, slippery criteria for entry and, together with a dozen other contentious and emotive issues, UK education appears to be in a constant state of flux and turmoil, like some kind of warring amateur dramatics society with a hundred people on its ruling committee. Are things any more secure, or any more 'constant', in countries that readers of this section have trained and worked in? Or is it just as bad, or worse?